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Butler, Wade lead Bulls to 111-105 win over Cavaliers

CHICAGO (AP) LeBron James wasn't holding back.

Cleveland's superstar had plenty to say after the Cavaliers gave up 78 points in the paint on the way to another loss. The condensed version was this: It's time to start playing like a championship team again.

Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat James and the slumping Cavaliers 111-105 on Friday night.

Taj Gibson added a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago. Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the balanced Bulls handed the Cavaliers their third straight loss.

''We got to get out of the honeymoon stage,'' James said. ''You got to play the game, the right way. We've got to battle every night like we ain't won nothing. Last year is last year. After ring night is over with, now it's a new season and everybody is gunning for us every night and we have to understand that. The honeymoon stage is over. It's time to play some real ball and be physical, especially in the trenches. Giving up 78 points (in the paint) is ridiculous. We've got to man up. Everybody.''

James manned up to the tune of 27 points and 13 assists, a championship-level performance on a night when he showed up dressed as a World Series champion: He arrived at the arena in a Cubs uniform to honor a World Series bet with buddy Wade.

Kyrie Irving added 20 points and eight assists, but the Cavaliers matched their longest losing streak in a year.

Chicago dominated Cleveland 78-60 in the paint, outrebounded the Cavaliers 49-33 and came out on top despite shooting 3 of 18 on 3-pointers. It was a big turnaround for the Bulls coming off a loss to the Lakers.

''I think we know what we're capable of if we play basketball the right way and do what we're supposed to do,'' Butler said.

DOWN THE STRETCH

The Bulls used a strong third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 88-80 lead. And they withstood several pushes in the fourth to knock off the defending NBA champions.

Kevin Love nailed a 3 to cut the lead to 103-99 with about 4 minutes left, but the Bulls hung on.

Wade drove for a layup to make it 107-101 with 2:39 remaining. Nikola Mirotic then stole the ball from James, leading to a putback basket for Wade.

Mirotic came up with another big play when he blocked a 3 by Irving with 1:11 left to cause a shot-clock violation.

KING CUB

James clearly wasn't thrilled about having to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform after he rooted hard for his hometown Cleveland Indians in the World Series. But he was a man of his word, honoring the wager he made with Wade, his good friend and former Miami Heat teammate.

James wore a No. 23 Cubs jersey with his last name stitched across the back, a Cubs hat partially covered by a Cubbie-blue hoodie, pinstripe pants and long baseball socks. James' uniform even had the 2016 World Series champions shoulder patch.

''I actually thought he looked good,'' said Wade, who was waiting for James when he arrived at the arena and took a picture of his ex-teammate. ''He actually did look like a baseball player.''

The two hugged before tipoff and had some playful moments during the game.

James patted Wade on the backside as they ran down the court together after he hit a tough fadeaway jumper over his pal in the third quarter. Wade returned the favor after burying a 3 in James' face moments later.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: G/F Mike Dunleavy Jr. missed his second consecutive game because of a concussion.

Bulls: Rondo's triple-double was his first with the Bulls and the 29th of his career. ... Butler has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. ... With the Bulls playing four times in five days, coach Fred Hoiberg said Wade won't travel to Dallas for Saturday's game. ... Hoiberg said F Doug McDermott (concussion) could be cleared for contact shortly and might practice with the D-League's Windy City Bulls.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Atlantic Division leader Toronto on Monday.

Bulls: Visit Dallas on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Bad pass turnover on LeBron James 0:05
  20-second timeout called 0:07
+ 1 Jimmy Butler made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Jimmy Butler made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on J.R. Smith 0:08
  Personal foul on J.R. Smith 0:08
+ 2 Kyrie Irving made layup 0:03
  Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo 0:03
+ 2 Kyrie Irving made layup, assist by LeBron James 0:10
  Offensive foul turnover on Dwyane Wade 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo 0:39
Team Stats
Points 105 111
Field Goals 45-83 (54.2%) 47-96 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 3-18 (16.7%)
Free Throws 5-10 (50.0%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 38 57
Offensive 6 16
Defensive 27 33
Team 5 8
Assists 30 31
Steals 5 11
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 1
27 PTS, 5 REB, 13 AST
15 PTS, 11 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 13-5 33272025105
home team logo Bulls 11-7 30292923111
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 13-5 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Bulls 11-7 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Butler SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 27 PTS 5 REB 13 AST
J. Butler SF 26 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
54.2 FG% 49.0
38.5 3PT FG% 16.7
50.0 FT% 82.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. James 27 5 13 13/22 1/3 0/0 2 45 0 0 8 0 5 0 50
K. Irving 20 6 8 9/21 0/3 2/3 1 38 1 0 2 4 2 0 41
K. Love 15 9 3 5/14 3/7 2/3 3 42 1 0 3 0 9 0 28
T. Thompson 11 6 1 5/5 0/0 1/4 2 27 0 0 2 2 4 0 17
J. Smith 9 2 2 3/8 3/8 0/0 3 33 1 0 1 0 2 0 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. James 27 5 13 13/22 1/3 0/0 2 45 0 0 8 0 5 0 50
K. Irving 20 6 8 9/21 0/3 2/3 1 38 1 0 2 4 2 0 41
K. Love 15 9 3 5/14 3/7 2/3 3 42 1 0 3 0 9 0 28
T. Thompson 11 6 1 5/5 0/0 1/4 2 27 0 0 2 2 4 0 17
J. Smith 9 2 2 3/8 3/8 0/0 3 33 1 0 1 0 2 0 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Frye 11 2 0 5/6 1/2 0/0 2 21 1 0 0 0 2 0 14
I. Shumpert 9 3 3 4/6 1/2 0/0 2 19 1 0 2 0 3 0 17
R. Jefferson 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
D. Liggins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Andersen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dunleavy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 33 30 45/83 10/26 5/10 15 240 5 1 20 6 27 0 186
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 26 8 6 8/20 0/3 10/12 1 42 3 2 1 3 5 0 50
D. Wade 24 5 4 11/23 1/4 1/2 2 37 2 0 4 3 2 0 35
T. Gibson 23 11 5 10/13 0/0 3/3 3 40 1 0 1 2 9 0 44
R. Rondo 15 11 12 7/12 1/1 0/0 4 36 3 1 3 3 8 0 51
R. Lopez 10 5 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 26 0 0 1 4 1 0 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 26 8 6 8/20 0/3 10/12 1 42 3 2 1 3 5 0 50
D. Wade 24 5 4 11/23 1/4 1/2 2 37 2 0 4 3 2 0 35
T. Gibson 23 11 5 10/13 0/0 3/3 3 40 1 0 1 2 9 0 44
R. Rondo 15 11 12 7/12 1/1 0/0 4 36 3 1 3 3 8 0 51
R. Lopez 10 5 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 26 0 0 1 4 1 0 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Canaan 9 0 0 4/8 1/5 0/0 2 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
J. Grant 2 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
N. Mirotic 2 8 2 1/9 0/5 0/0 1 22 2 1 2 1 7 0 15
D. Valentine 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. McDermott - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 49 31 47/96 3/18 14/17 16 241 11 4 12 16 33 0 225