Thursday, February 22, 2018
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LeBron pays off losing bet, then loses to Bulls

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler scored 26, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Bulls beat LeBron James and the slumping Cavaliers 111-105 Friday night.

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

James showed up before the game in a head-to-toe Cubs uniform to honor a World Series bet with his pal Wade, then scored 27 points. Wade was waiting for James when he arrived and took a picture of his ex-teammate.

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

Chicago dominated Cleveland 78-60 in the paint and came out on top despite hitting shooting 3-of-18 3-pointers. The Bulls used a strong third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 88-80 lead.

Game Highlights: Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 20, Nikola Vuvevic had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Magic cruised by the 76ers 105-88. Orlando coach Frank Vogel had a simple trick to help his team get over a tough loss in Memphis the previous night: "I let them sleep in." … Carmelo Anthony scored 29 and Derrick Rose had 24 as the host Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 118-114. … Al Horford scored 26 and blocked six shots, Isaiah Thomas scored 14 of his 20 in the second half and the host Celtics held off the Kings 97-92. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23, Tobias Harris added 18 and the visiting Pistons beat the reeling Hawks 121-85. … Blake Griffin had 27 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists as the visiting Clippers beat the Pelicans 114-96.

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