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Cavaliers bounce back to beat the Bulls in overtime, 114-108

LeBron James, Tag Gibson
Cavaliers forward LeBron James tries to drive the baseline against Bulls forward Taj Gibson in the first half.
(Tannen Maury / EPA)

LeBron James scored 36 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 114-108 overtime victory over the Bulls at Chicago.

James was at his best after struggling the previous night, scoring eight points in the extra period, and the Cavaliers picked up the win after opening with a loss at home to New York. Derrick Rose scored 20 points for Chicago, but his first meaningful home game in about a year was spoiled by a sprained left ankle and a dominant performance by the Cavaliers’ megastar. Rose, sidelined for most of the past two seasons by knee injuries, came up hobbling in the first half and headed to the locker room in the fourth quarter.

Memphis 97, at Indiana 89: Zach Randolph scored 11 of his 22 points in the third quarter and added 13 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to victory. Marc Gasol had 20 points and six rebounds, and Mike Conley added 17 points for Memphis, who are 2-0 for just the third time in franchise history. They have a shot to open the season with three straight wins for the first time. Chris Copeland came off the bench with 16 points and six rebounds and C.J. Miles finished with 13 for the short-handed Pacers.

at Milwaukee 93, Philadelphia 81: O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, and rookie Jabari Parker had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his debut to lead the Bucks to a win in their home opener. Under new ownership, the new-look Bucks got off to a good start in Coach Jason Kidd’s sideline debut. The Bucks pulled away with an 11-0 run over the final 8:21.

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at Phoenix 94, San Antonio 89: Isaiah Thomas scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help rally the Suns, who used a 10-0 run capped by Markieff Morris’ dunk for a five-point lead with 3:34 left. Tony Parker scored 19 for the Spurs, but had only three in the fourth quarter, while Tim Duncan added 16, none in the final quarter.

at Sacramento 103, Portland 94: Rudy Gay scored 40 points — one off his career high — including a pair of key three-pointers to help the Kings surprise the Trail Blazers. DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento, which had lost to Golden State in its opener.


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