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Lue loses debut as Cavs coach

New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks to the team before their loss to the Bulls. Lue replaced the fired David Blatt on Friday.

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New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks to the team before their loss to the Bulls. Lue replaced the fired David Blatt on Friday.

CLEVELAND — New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue didn't think his players were having much fun. This isn't going to help.

Center Pau Gasol had 23 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the Bulls beat the Cavaliers 96-83 in Lue's first game as Cleveland's coach.

Lue was promoted Friday, when Cleveland fired David Blatt just months after he led the team to the NBA Finals. The Bulls outhustled the Cavs to loose balls and won for just the third time in nine games. Jimmy Butler scored 20 for Chicago.

LeBron James just missed his first triple double this season, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. J.R. Smith added 18 points for Cleveland, which sits atop the Eastern Conference.

When the final horn sounded, fans booed their Cavs.

The loss capped a turbulent 24 hours in Cleveland. James insisted he had no role in Blatt's firing while agreeing with everything general manager David Griffin said Friday night in explaining the move. James said he was told of Blatt's firing during a meeting Friday with Griffin and his teammates.

Bothered by what he saw as the team's lack of cohesion and chemistry, Griffin fired Blatt four days after Monday's humiliating 34-point home loss to defending champion Golden State. Griffin said he detected deeper issues and felt he had no choice but to remove Blatt and promote Lue, a top assistant who won two titles as a point guard.

James knows there is a perception that Blatt would still be Cleveland's coach if the 31-year-old didn't want him fired.

"I've stopped that a long time ago in my career, worrying about what other people think about me or what I influence or what I don't," he said.

Lue said he didn't want to do anything different than how Blatt managed the team, just better. He also wanted to expand the rotation — and kept his word against Chicago. Lue went 10 deep in the first quarter, but it seemed to stall any rhythm on offense. The Cavs shot 17 percent from 3-point range (4-of-24) and never found a groove.

Also, Lue said he'd like to see Blatt coach the East team in the All-Star Game next month. But it's unlikely the league would let an unemployed coach be on the sideline in the All-Star Game.

Game highlights: Ryan Anderson had 23 points and tied his season high with six 3-pointers as the host Pelicans defeated the Bucks 116-99. Anthony Davis had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for New Orleans, which hit a season-best 17 3s. … Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker scored 26 each to lead the host Hornets past the Knicks 97-84. Charlotte center Cody Zeller (strained right shoulder) sat out. … Shabazz Muhammad scored 25 as the host Timberwolves snapped the Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 106-101 victory.

Bulls 96, Cavaliers 83

CHICAGO (96): Snell 1-3 0-0 2, Gibson 6-12 3-4 15, Gasol 11-16 2-2 25, Rose 5-21 2-2 12, Butler 8-16 2-2 20, Brooks 0-4 0-0 0, Mirotic 5-9 4-5 17, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, McDermott 1-2 0-0 3, Portis 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 38-87 13-15 96.

CLEVELAND (83): James 11-27 4-7 26, Love 6-12 1-4 14, Mozgov 3-8 0-2 6, Irving 5-16 1-1 11, Smith 7-17 2-4 18, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Dellavedova 2-5 0-0 5, Thompson 0-2 1-4 1, Shumpert 1-6 0-0 2, Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-94 9-22 83.

Chicago 21 23 28 24— 96

Cleveland 14 25 19 25— 83

3-Point GoalsChicago 7-17 (Mirotic 3-5, Butler 2-3, McDermott 1-2, Gasol 1-2, Moore 0-1, Brooks 0-1, Rose 0-1, Snell 0-2), Cleveland 4-24 (Smith 2-7, Dellavedova 1-2, Love 1-5, Irving 0-2, Shumpert 0-3, James 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 60 (Gasol 10), Cleveland 63 (James 13). AssistsChicago 21 (Gasol 6), Cleveland 17 (James 9). Total FoulsChicago 18, Cleveland 18. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

T'wolves 106, Grizzlies 101

MEMPHIS (101): Barnes 5-11 0-0 13, Randolph 3-9 1-2 7, Gasol 7-12 3-4 17, Conley 2-9 5-5 9, Lee 3-5 0-0 8, Je.Green 5-13 1-1 11, Chalmers 6-8 5-6 19, Ja.Green 2-3 0-0 4, Carter 2-5 2-2 8, Hollins 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 37-79 18-22 101.

MINNESOTA (106): Prince 3-5 0-0 6, Garnett 1-2 0-0 2, Towns 6-6 2-2 14, Rubio 2-7 11-13 15, Wiggins 7-10 5-5 19, Dieng 1-5 0-0 2, Muhammad 8-15 8-8 25, LaVine 1-3 2-2 5, Bjelica 0-4 2-2 2, K.Martin 3-6 2-2 11, Pekovic 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 34-68 33-36 106.

Memphis 25 21 28 27— 101

Minnesota 20 37 27 22— 106

3-Point GoalsMemphis 9-19 (Barnes 3-6, Lee 2-2, Chalmers 2-3, Carter 2-3, Randolph 0-1, Conley 0-2, Je.Green 0-2), Minnesota 5-17 (K.Martin 3-4, LaVine 1-1, Muhammad 1-4, Wiggins 0-1, Rubio 0-3, Bjelica 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 39 (Conley 7), Minnesota 44 (Towns 9). AssistsMemphis 22 (Conley 6), Minnesota 26 (Rubio 12). Total FoulsMemphis 23, Minnesota 21. TechnicalsChalmers, Memphis Coach Joerger. A15,608 (19,356).

Suns 98, Hawks 95

ATLANTA (95): Bazemore 7-16 4-6 21, Horford 4-12 1-2 9, Splitter 1-3 0-0 2, Teague 4-13 0-0 9, Korver 4-9 0-0 11, Scott 7-11 0-0 16, Sefolosha 1-9 6-6 8, Schroder 6-10 4-4 19, Tavares 0-0 0-0 0, Hardaway Jr. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-84 15-18 95.

PHOENIX (98): Tucker 6-13 1-2 16, Len 6-10 4-4 16, Chandler 3-10 7-10 13, Goodwin 7-17 8-9 24, Booker 6-19 0-0 15, Warren 3-8 0-0 6, Teletovic 2-5 0-0 6, Brown 1-3 0-1 2, Weems 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-85 20-26 98.

Atlanta 23 16 25 31— 95

Phoenix 29 19 26 24— 98

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 12-34 (Korver 3-6, Bazemore 3-6, Schroder 3-6, Scott 2-3, Teague 1-6, Hardaway Jr. 0-1, Horford 0-3, Sefolosha 0-3), Phoenix 10-24 (Tucker 3-5, Booker 3-9, Goodwin 2-3, Teletovic 2-5, Brown 0-1, Warren 0-1). Fouled OutBooker. ReboundsAtlanta 49 (Horford 16), Phoenix 61 (Chandler 27). AssistsAtlanta 23 (Schroder, Horford 5), Phoenix 22 (Chandler, Len 5). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Phoenix 17. A17,034 (18,055).

Hornets 97, Knicks 84

NEW YORK (84): Anthony 4-11 1-3 9, Porzingis 4-9 3-4 13, Lopez 4-7 2-4 10, Calderon 3-6 0-0 6, Afflalo 3-10 2-2 10, D.Williams 5-16 8-14 19, Galloway 2-4 3-4 7, Seraphin 0-2 0-0 0, Grant 0-6 0-0 0, Amundson 1-1 0-0 2, Vujacic 3-5 0-1 8. Totals 29-77 19-32 84.

CHARLOTTE (97): Hairston 7-14 4-4 20, M.Williams 1-8 2-3 4, Hawes 1-7 0-0 2, Walker 7-25 9-9 26, Lin 7-17 10-10 26, Kaminsky 2-4 4-7 9, Hansbrough 0-0 1-2 1, Daniels 2-5 0-0 5, Roberts 1-2 2-2 4, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-82 32-37 97.

New York 22 21 13 28— 84

Charlotte 20 25 32 20— 97

3-Point GoalsNew York 7-24 (Vujacic 2-2, Afflalo 2-4, Porzingis 2-5, D.Williams 1-5, Galloway 0-1, Anthony 0-2, Calderon 0-2, Grant 0-3), Charlotte 9-31 (Walker 3-9, Lin 2-5, Hairston 2-7, Kaminsky 1-1, Daniels 1-3, Hawes 0-2, M.Williams 0-4). Fouled OutAmundson. ReboundsNew York 63 (D.Williams 14), Charlotte 57 (M.Williams 12). AssistsNew York 23 (Calderon 7), Charlotte 17 (Lin, Walker 5). Total FoulsNew York 26, Charlotte 20. TechnicalsNew York Coach Fisher, Charlotte defensive three second. A17,768 (19,077).

Pelicans 116, Bucks 99

MILWAUKEE (99): Antetokounmpo 4-8 2-4 10, Parker 3-7 4-4 10, Monroe 8-13 6-6 22, Carter-Williams 9-12 1-2 19, Middleton 8-16 2-2 22, Henson 2-3 0-0 4, Bayless 1-5 0-0 3, O'Bryant 2-5 0-0 4, Vaughn 0-2 0-0 0, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Ennis 1-1 0-0 2, Copeland 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 39-74 15-18 99.

NEW ORLEANS (116): Gee 5-9 2-2 12, Davis 8-17 5-7 22, Asik 2-4 0-0 4, Evans 3-12 3-4 10, Cole 4-10 0-0 11, Douglas 5-8 0-1 14, Anderson 8-20 1-1 23, Holiday 6-11 0-0 13, Ajinca 1-1 2-2 4, Babbitt 0-1 0-0 0, Dejean-Jones 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 43-94 13-17 116.

Milwaukee 23 28 23 25— 99

New Orleans 22 30 32 32— 116

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 6-15 (Middleton 4-7, Copeland 1-2, Bayless 1-5, Vaughn 0-1), New Orleans 17-31 (Anderson 6-11, Douglas 4-6, Cole 3-5, Dejean-Jones 1-1, Davis 1-2, Holiday 1-2, Evans 1-3, Babbitt 0-1). Fouled OutAntetokounmpo. ReboundsMilwaukee 47 (Monroe 11), New Orleans 46 (Asik 8). AssistsMilwaukee 20 (Carter-Williams, Middleton 5), New Orleans 33 (Holiday 9). Total FoulsMilwaukee 20, New Orleans 17. TechnicalsHenson, Milwaukee defensive three second. A16,980 (16,867).

Lue loses debut as Cavs coach 01/23/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:54pm]
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