Cavaliers return from break with 106-95 win over Bulls

LeBron James

Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after getting called for a foul in the second half.

(Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

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.

at Washington 103, Utah 89: Marcin Gortat had 22 points and 10 rebounds and John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists for the Wizards. Rescheduled from Jan. 23 because of a snowstorm, the game was first of three in three days for Washington following the All-Star break. Gordon Hayward scored 19 points and Rodney Hood added 18 points for the Jazz.