Los Angeles Times

Cavaliers outhustled in Lue’s debut loss



Tyronn Lue didn’t make much of a difference in his coaching debut for Cleveland as Pau Gasol scored 25 points, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 96-83 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Lue was promoted Friday, when the Cavaliers fired David Blatt despite his having taken the team to the NBA Finals last season and currently leading the Eastern Conference. The coaching swap didn’t have an impact as the Bulls outhustled the Cavaliers to loose balls and won for only the third time in nine games.

Chicago opened a 17-point lead in the third quarter and never let the Cavaliers get closer than eight in the fourth quarter.

LeBron James just missed his first triple-double this season, finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who shot 37% from the field and were only nine for 22 from the three-throw line. When the final horn sounded, the Cavaliers were booed by the fans in Cleveland.

Lue said his early focus would be on his team’s “spirit.” He believes the players aren’t having as much fun as they should be and is intent on improving their attitude.

“You can’t be mad when you win and you can’t be mad when you lose,” he said.

at Sacramento 108, Indiana 97: DeMarcus Cousins’ career-high 48 points powered the Kings to their fifth consecutiv­e win. at Minnesota 106, Memphis 101: Shabazz Muhammad scored 25 points and the Timberwolv­es ended the Grizzlies’ four-game win streak. Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for Minnesota, which beat a team with a winning record for the first time since Nov. 25. at New Orleans 116, Milwaukee 99: Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and tied a season high with six three-point field goals for the Pelicans, who made a season-best 17 of 31 three-point attempts.

at Charlotte 97, New York 84: Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker scored 26 points each as the Hornets won for the third time in four games.

at Phoenix 98, Atlanta 95: Archie Goodwin made the winning threepoint­er from the top of the arc with 0.1 of a second left, and the Suns ended a six-game losing streak.

at Denver 104, Detroit 101: Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 23.8 seconds left to lift the Nuggets, who outscored the Pistons 39-20 in the third quarter.

at Portland 121, Lakers 103

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