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News » LeBron annoys Noah as Cavs beat Bulls

LeBron annoys Noah as Cavs beat Bulls

LeBron annoys Noah as Cavs beat BullsCLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James danced all over the Chicago Bulls.

Joakim Noah didn't like being his partner.

James scored 23 points, added 11 assists and busted out several smooth hip-hop dance moves in the second half that annoyed and angered Noah as the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the 11th time in 13 games, beating the Bulls 101-87 on Friday night. analysisHill: Better without Shaq? It dependsRosen: Nets go from bad to worstPower Rankings: Who's No. 1?Rosen: Heat are hot and coldFull NBA coverage | Scores | StatsVideoNets talk about historic lossLakers' Girls First CalendarPhotosCourtside hotties

"It stinks to lose, man," Noah said. "That's the toughest thing, we can't compete for 48 minutes. We've got to find a way to win games because this losing thing is not a good look, man, it's just not. It's not what anybody in this locker room expected. This losing thing is really frustrating."

Cleveland was just 4 of 14 from the free-throw line and the Cavs were careless as costly turnovers allowed the Bulls to stay close and eventually take a 54-52 lead on Rose's turnaround jumper in the third.

That's when James decided it was time take over, fueling a 21-4 burst by doing a little bit of everything.

He scored eight points, handed out three assists and went diving on the floor for a loose ball, sliding and banging into a cameraman who was kneeling by the scorer's table. James' hustle inspired the Cavs, who finally flexed their muscles on defense, stopped throwing the ball away and outscored the Bulls 24-7 over the final 8:03 to take a 15-point lead into the fourth.

"His energy was great," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "When he came to the sideline for a timeout, I told the coaches to step aside and said, 'Bron, you take over the huddle."'

After making eight turnovers in the second quarter, the Cavs had a flawless final 24 minutes.

The Bulls were without guard Kirk Hinrich, who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left thumb. Coach Vinny Del Negro said the injury is still bothering Hinrich and he's not likely to play Saturday night when Chicago hosts the Toronto Raptors.

Del Negro sat four of his starters for the entire fourth quarter. By then, the game was Cleveland's.

"Good teams usually come out and try to take control of the game in the third quarter," Del Negro said. "They did that. We weren't able to bounce back and the lead got out of hand a little bit."

NOTES: Cleveland has won six in a row at home. ... James would love to play with Rose some day. "Especially on an Olympics team," he said. "He's a great point guard and a great player. I love watching Derrick play. All he's going to do is get better and hopefully in the 2012 Olympics he can be part of the team and we'll have some fun." ... The Cavs are 5-0 against Western Conference teams, the only Eastern team with a perfect mark vs. the West. Cleveland has won 13 straight against Western teams. ... A huge soccer fan (literally), Cavs C Zydrunas Ilgauskas watched Friday's World Cup draw and was intrigued by the opening match between England and the U.S. "I'm not sure who I'll root for," he said. "England is my team."

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