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Complacency banished as Love, Wade, James lead Cavs past Bulls, 113-91

Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal on

Published in Basketball

CHICAGO -- For now, complacency has been banished by the Cavaliers.

Facing the struggling Chicago Bulls on Monday night at United Center, LeBron James proved that with a spectacular missed slam that had so much force that a teammate had to catch him from what would have been just as spectacular a fall.

The Cavs' second unit continued to dominate and James and Kevin Love again provided a potent one-two punch as the Cavs extended the league's longest active winning streak to 12 games with a 113-91 victory.

The Cavs tied the franchise record for consecutive road victories with seven, which has been achieved five times. The last previously came from Nov. 21-Dec. 17, 1997.

Wednesday at home against the Sacramento Kings, the Cavs will try to match the franchise's longest regular-season winning streak of 13, achieved from March 7-31, 2009 and from Jan. 16-Feb. 11, 2010.

Love needed only three quarters to reach a double-double, with 24 points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. James added 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes, but saw his string of double-doubles snapped at five.

 

The Cavs bench totaled 49 points paced by Dwyane Wade's 24, one off his season high. Hitting 9-of-13 field goals, Wade reached double figures for the seventh consecutive game.

The Cavs also extended their string of making at least 10 3-pointers to 13 consecutive games. The team record is 16 twice, both of those in 2016.

After scoring the Cavs' last 13 points in Saturday's home triumph over Memphis, James pitched in the first seven against the Bulls as the Cavs cut the Bulls' 9-3 lead to 9-7. Consecutive baskets by Love, one a 3-pointer, put the visitors on top.

But it was a determined stretch with James playing with the second unit over the last 1:09 of the first quarter and the first 5:57 of the second when the Cavs broke the game open.

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