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James, red-hot Cavaliers visit ice-cold Bulls

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

  1. The Cavaliers extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 116-111 victory over Memphis on Saturday. Cleveland's .560 field-goal percentage on Saturday was its highest during the current spree, which is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in Cavaliers history.
  2. The Bulls suffered their eighth consecutive loss when they were edged by Sacramento on Friday, 107-106. It's the first time the Bulls have dropped back-to-back games by exactly one point in each since November 1993. Chicago has lost three straight games by exactly one point on only one occasion (March 1987).
  3. When the Cavaliers outscored Chicago, 119-112, on October 24, they snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Nevertheless, the Bulls have won 22 of their last 29 games versus Cleveland. That includes a 12-2 home mark against the Cavaliers since April 8, 2010.
  4. LeBron James is coming off a 34-point effort on Saturday in which he also dished 12 assists. He's now scored at least 15 points in 119 consecutive games, dwarfing the next-closest active streak (Blake Griffin, 29).
  5. Kevin Love contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, as he produced his 15th double-double of the season. He remains tied with LeBron for Cleveland's team lead, while the 15 double-doubles are also tied for fourth most in the entire NBA.
  6. Cristiano Felicio registered a season-high 12 points on Friday, when he connected on all five of his field-goal attempts. He's now 21-for-28 from the field since November 10, tying for the fourth-highest percentage (.750) among players with at least 25 attempts over that span.

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 11 straight games. The Chicago Bulls have dropped their last eight.

The Cavaliers have jelled their talent-heavy roster together while the young Bulls are inching closer to becoming completely healthy for the first time this season.

And while the Bulls (3-18) look to win for the first time since Nov. 17, they will have to deal with a confident Cleveland team that again relied on LeBron James to keep its winning streak intact.

James scored Cleveland's final 13 points in a 116-111 victory over Memphis on Saturday and the Cavaliers moved to within two victories of tying their franchise record for consecutive wins.

With his team rolling, coach Tyronn Lue said on Saturday that opponents are making strategic moves to try and slow Cleveland down. The Cavaliers will enter Monday's game against the Bulls as one of the NBA's top scoring teams at 111.4 points per game, paced by James, who finished with 34 points against Memphis.

And while James has plenty of talent around him, Lue said that opponents -- including the Grizzlies on Saturday -- "junked the game up" by using bigger players to defend Cleveland's smaller players in an attempt to throw the Cavaliers off their game.

"You can try anything when you're trying to win," Lue said on Saturday, according to "When you're trying to get a win, you just try different things."

The Bulls haven't had much luck this season, especially of late when Chicago came up short late in the fourth quarter in a pair of one-point losses to Denver and Sacramento. Against the Nuggets on Thursday night, the Bulls blew an 18-point lead in a loss before they returned home on Friday and couldn't execute late in a 107-106 loss to the Kings.

Chicago is expected to get Nikola Mirotic back this week after he has been out with facial fractures and a concussion sustained in a fight in practice with teammate Bobby Portis. Mirotic won't play Monday against the Cavaliers and the Bulls could also be without Portis, who missed Friday's game with an arm contusion. Guard Zach LaVine also remains out as he recovers from a torn ACL.

Although the Bulls have found ways to remain competitive as they heal up, they have struggled with dropping their heads when they face adversity. Coach Fred Hoiberg has attempted to keep his players' minds off the losing streak, especially this early in what is expected to be a multi-year rebuild.

"That's the thing we talk about all the time," Hoiberg said Friday. "It's not about looking at wins and losses. It's about taking steps in the right direction every day."

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, appear to be taking steps toward having veteran guard -- and former Bulls star -- Derrick Rose return to the team. Rose left the Cavaliers just before Thanksgiving to consider his future.

Published reports have indicated that Rose has grown weary of having to deal with injuries -- the latest of which forced him out of the lineup on Nov. 9 due to complications to an ankle sprain.

But Cavaliers officials said Saturday they have had positive communications with Rose and indicated it may just be a matter of time before Rose could return.

"Whenever he's ready to tell us or whatever, we're ready for that," James said, according to "You don't ever fast-track someone's process of what they may be going through. When they're ready to talk about it or ready to bring it to the forefront, as his teammates we'll be ready for it."

Updated December 3, 2017

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