NBA scores: The Cavaliers rebound in Chicago and three other things we … – SB Nation

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Cleveland picked up its first win of the season over the Bulls as LeBron was his old self and Derrick Rose had yet another injury scare, plus other observations from around the NBA.

For Halloween, LeBron James went as LeBron James — thankfully not the one who showed up for the season opener Thursday night. James rebounded from a terrible showing to put on a vintage performance, as he, Tristan Thompson and a 5-0 run to end regulation helped the Cavaliers pick up a 114-108 overtime win over a shorthanded Bulls team on Friday night.

It’s going to be said over and over again as the season progresses, but the Cavs are still a work in progress. They were up by nine in the fourth quarter and should have put the game away, but needed to score the final five points just to send the game to overtime. Once there, James and Thompson took over.

James scored the first six Cavs points in in the extra frame as they led, 106-104, with 46.8 seconds left. He missed a jumper with 24 seconds to go, but Thompson corralled the miss for his 12th offensive rebound of the night and quickly — and emphatically — flushed in a dunk to give the Cavs a four point lead and put the finishing touches on the win.

James was the best of the “Big 3,” scoring 36 points with eight rebounds and four assists. Not only did James shoot well (14-30), he did a much better job of taking care of the ball — his three turnovers were a drastic improvement from the eight on opening night. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving put up good-but-not-great performances. Love seemed to disappear for spells, but still …read more

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