LeBron James started at point guard and hit 13-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 34 points, 13 assists and three steals in a win over the Bulls on Tuesday.
Tuesday's game marks LeBron James 770th game equalling Zydrunas Ilgauskas (771 GP) for the most regular season games played in the franchise history.
Wade, a former James team-mate on two National Basketball Association championship teams in Miami who joined the Cavs after playing in Chicago last season, was benched at his own request after struggling as a starter.
"The best thing for me, personally, is that ever since I was a little kid, I've always learned every position on the floor", the four-time league MVP said. Oladipo scored 28 points (28/3/3), while Joseph added 21 (21/5/2) to help the Pacers set a franchise record for shooting percentage with 66.7% on the night. "I know every single play in every single position so it makes the job a lot easier for me because I know where I should be and what my teammates should do". Robin Lopez scored 16 points and seven rebounds.
Aaron Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 35 seconds remaining, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Orlando over Brooklyn 125-121.
Chicago, however, nailed 17 three-pointers overall. Kay Felder had a solid outing in his return to Cleveland with 13 points and 4 assists. "But tonight we needed that and going forward just have to see". "We're not going to win many games playing like this".
Cleveland extended its run to 12-0 to go up 81-72, but James went to the bench for the final 6:31 of the third and the Cavs were promptly outscored 17-7, putting them behind 92-91 entering the fourth quarter. The Cavs' bench accounted for 46 points and had a large role in keeping the game within reach after the Bulls' hot start. New Orleans' Anthony Davis played only the first five minutes before departing with a left knee injury.
Justin Holiday and Lauri Markkanen led the way for Chicago with 25 and 19 points respectively. Markkanen has been steady in his first two games, but this game will make him utilize all of his offensive tricks.