CHICAGO -- A couple of teams missing all-star point guards played an evenly matched game on Tuesday night at the United Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their improved play and snapped an 11-game losing streak in Chicago, edging the Bulls 101-98 at the United Center.
The Cavs have now gone 10-7 since Jan. 16. They played without second-year guard Kyrie Irving because of a sore right knee, while Bulls guard Derrick Rose has yet to play this season while recovering from left knee surgery.
In Irving's place, Illinois native Shaun Livingston got his first start with the Cavaliers and scored 15 points. Rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 25 points.
For the Bulls, veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich was back in the lineup after missing 10 of the previous 11 games with a right elbow infection. He finished with 11 points and 11 assists.
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 27 points, while Luol Deng added 26.
The game featured 19 lead changes, but Cleveland started to take control midway through the fourth quarter. A jumper by Waiters preceded two unimpeded driving layups by Waiters and fellow rookie Tyler Zeller, giving the Cavaliers an 87-78 advantage with 7:34 remaining.
Chicago closed within 88-84 on a lane jumper by Boozer. The Cavs answered with Wayne Ellington's runner and 3-point play to go back ahead by 7.
A jumper by Livingston kept the lead at 93-86 with 4:49 left. The Bulls made a run with three more baskets by Boozer, then a baseline jumper from Hinrich cut the lead to 93-92 with 2:44 on the clock.
Waiters came back with a tough 17-foot jumper over Hinrich. After the Bulls missed twice on their next possession, Livingston soared to grab an offensive rebound, setting up a jumper by Luke Walton to give Cleveland a 97-92 edge with 1:21 left.
Chicago got a pair of free throws from Deng and Jimmy Butler to close within 98-96 and had a chance to tie after Waiters missed a 3-point attempt with 37.8 seconds on the clock. But Deng missed a jumper from the top of key and the Cavs finished off the win at the foul line.
NOTES: Irving suffered a hyperextended right knee injured in practice last week before Cleveland left for a three-game road trip. He played in the first two games of the trip at Orlando and Miami. "It's just one of those things that needs rest," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. ... Bulls forward Taj Gibson did not play Tuesday, and he could miss two weeks after suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday against Oklahoma City. Gibson said he jumped to block a shot and his leg collapsed when he landed on the foot of Thunder guard Reggie Jackson. ... Irving has never played against Rose in a regular-season NBA game. The two point guards keep missing each other because of various injuries. Rose appears to be closing in on a return from ACL surgery.