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Butler has triple-double as Bulls pounce on LeBron-less Cavs

NBACleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) grabs a rebound ahead of Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler (21) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler recorded a triple-double, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 117-99 victory Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without LeBron James.

James missed the game with strep throat, and coach Tyronn Lue said he wasn’t sure how long the Cavaliers would be without the four-time MVP. Cleveland struggled as it often does without its star – they are 4-19 without him since he returned to Cleveland in 2014, including 0-4 this season.

Chicago has won all three games against Cleveland this season. It took advantage of James’ absence to win its fourth straight overall.

Wade was 9-of-18 from the field and had 10 assists with eight rebounds. Butler had 18 points, including 13 in the third quarter, to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 34 points, hitting 13-of-25 from the field. Kyle Korver scored 14 points before limping to the locker room after taking a hard fall late in the fourth quarter.

Butler didn’t score until hitting a three-pointer late in the second quarter. The game was tied nine times and featured 10 lead changes in the first half. The Bulls pulled away from a 65-all tie midway through the third quarter and used an 11-0 run to gain control.

The Cavaliers have lost seven straight without James, dating back to March 16 of last season when they beat Dallas.

James remained home for Saturday morning’s (Sunday, PHL time) shootaround, and Lue announced about 90 minutes before tip-off that he wouldn’t play. Lue confirmed James had strep throat after the game. James is averaging 25.7 points per game.

Chicago had seven players in double figures. Rajon Rondo scored 15 points and Nikola Mirotic added 14.

James Jones scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, also playing without the injured Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

SOURCE: http://sports.abs-cbn.com/nba/news/2017/02/26/butler-triple-double-bulls-pounce-lebron-less-cav-22462

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