LeBron James scored 25 points and barely missed a triple-double, Kevin Love added 15 points and 15 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked refreshed from the All-Star break with a 106-95 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
James had nine rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes for the Cavaliers, who lost their first two matchups with Chicago this season. But the Bulls are missing three key players because of injuries. Derrick Rose scored 28 points and Pau Gasol had 14 for the Bulls, who are 5-14 since they were a season-best 10 games over .500 on Jan. 9. Chicago is currently without Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah.
With the Bulls hanging around in the third quarter, James scored seven points during a 15-4 run capped by his dunk off a lob from J.R. Smith.