BUT­LER, WADE LIFT BULLS OVER CAVALIERS 111-105

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chicago» Jimmy But­ler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Bulls beat LeBron James and the slump­ing Cavaliers 111105 on Fri­day night.

Taj Gib­son added a sea­son­high 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.

James showed up in a Chicago Cubs uni­form to honor a World Se­ries bet with his buddy Wade, then scored 27 points. Kyrie Irv­ing added 20 points and eight as­sists, but the Cavaliers matched their long­est los­ing streak in a year.

FRI­DAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Aaron Gor­don scored a sea­son­high 20 points, Nikola Vu­ve­vic had 12 points, 11 re­bounds and five as­sists and the Magic cruised past the 76ers 104-88. Serge Ibaka, Evan Fournier and Jeff Green all added 16 points for the Magic. … Kyle Lowry had 24 points and seven as­sists and the Rap­tors rolled past the Lak­ers 113-80. … Al Hor­ford scored 26 points and blocked six shots, Isa­iah Thomas scored 14 of his 20 points in the sec­ond half and the Celtics held off the Kings 97-92. … Ken­tavi­ous Cald­wellPope scored 23 points, To­bias Har­ris added 18 and the Pis­tons beat the reel­ing Hawks 121-85. … Carmelo An­thony scored 29 points, Der­rick Rose had 24 and Kyle O’Quinn added 20 points and 13 re­bounds as the Knicks de­feated the Tim­ber­wolves 118-114. … Blake Grif­fin had 27 points and 10 re­bounds, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 as­sists, and the Clip­pers beat the Pel­i­cans 114-96. … Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Spurs beat the Wizards 107-105.

FOOT­NOTES

Nets ink free agent to of­fer sheet. The Nets signed re­stricted freeagent for­ward Donatas Motieju­nas to a four-year of­fer sheet worth $37 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to NBA sources. The Rock­ets have three days to match the of­fer, or Motieju­nas can join the Nets. … War­riors coach Steve Kerr said he smoked mar­i­juana for back pain he ex­pe­ri­enced the past two years. “A lot of re­search, a lot of ad­vice from peo­ple, and I have no idea if I would — maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m sub­ject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it, and it didn’t help at all. But it was worth it be­cause I’m search­ing for an­swers on pain,” Kerr said.

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