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It was a busy Friday night in the NBA with no less than 11 games on the schedule, and it was business as usual for the Chicago Bulls while the Memphis Grizzlies remain unbeaten.
LeBron James had 22 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists as he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their second win of the season after back-to-back road losses.
Despite the Big Three of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love shooting 19-of-45 combined, they had enough to overcome a struggling Denver Nuggets who now slip to 1-4 for the season.
“We stressed (ball movement),” James said. “We were like, `Let’s get the ball moving from side to side. Let’s get the best shot, not a good shot, the best shot.”
While the Cavs get back on track, Eastern Conference rivals the Chicago Bulls are leading the pack as they moved to 5-1 with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Point guard Derrick Rose did not play as he continues to recover from sprained ankles, but Jimmy Butler (23 points, seven rebounds and five assists) and Mike Dunleavy (27 points) saw off the Sixers.
Pau Gasol recorded another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, but coach Tom Thibodeau was particularly pleased with the unselfish nature of the team as they got the ball to Dunleavy on multiple occasions knowing that he was in rhythm.
The Bulls’ 4-0 road start is their best since going 6-0 away from Chicago to start the 1996/97 season.
Elsewhere in the East, the Brooklyn Nets won the Battle of New York after defeating the Knicks at the Barclays Center on Friday night.
Deron Williams scored 29 points while Brook Lopez added 20 points and nine rebounds and Joe Johnson chipped in with 18 for the hosts who move to 3-2.
The Toronto Raptors sealed a convincing win over rivals the Washington Wizards, with Kyle Lowry filling up the stat-sheet with a triple double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
DeMar DeRozan added 25 points for the Raptors who are now off to the first 5-1 start in team history as they sit atop the Eastern Conference standings alongside the Bulls.
Over in the Western Conference, there was another notable win for the Sacramento Kings, but the Memphis Grizzlies are undoubtedly the story so far as they remain unbeaten at 6-0 after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mike Conley scored 20 points as the visitors made the most of their rivals suffering from an injury crisis, although a late Serge Ibaka miss from beyond the arc cost the hosts who had the chance to win the game.
Atlanta Hawks 119-122 Charlotte Hornets (2OT)
Minnesota Timberwolves 103-112 Orlando Magic (OT)
Chicago Bulls 118-115 Philadelphia 76ers
Indiana Pacers 98-101 Boston Celtics
New York Knicks 99-110 Brooklyn Nets
Milwaukee Bucks 95-98 Detroit Pistons
Washington Wizards 84-103 Toronto Raptors
Memphis Grizzlies 91-89 Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings 114-112 Phoenix Suns (2OT)
Dallas Mavericks 105-82 Utah Jazz
Cleveland Cavaliers 110-101 Denver Nuggets