Cavaliers beat Bulls 86-83 behind Waiters

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters (3) goes against Chicago Bulls forward Vladimir Radmanovic (77) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. Cleveland defeated Chicago 86-83. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dion Waiters scored 18 points while Anderson Varejao added eight points and nine rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 86-83 in an exhibition game at the Assembly Hall on Friday night.

The Cavaliers took the lead 16-15 at the end of the first quarter and never gave it up.

Trailing 50-29 at the half, the Bulls opened the third quarter with a 15-0 run. The Bulls outscored the Cavaliers 32-13 in the quarter, closing the gap to 63-61.

The Bulls played without star point guard Derrick Rose, recovering from surgery on his torn ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

Tyler Zeller scored 10 points for the Cavaliers, while Omri Casspi, C.J. Miles and Luke Harangody got nine each. Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, had eight assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulls.

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