CHICAGO (Reuters) - Derrick Rose showed glimpses of his old swashbuckling style before serious injuries slowed him, as he scored 30 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 113-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association on Thursday.
Pau Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 14th consecutive double-double, which is the best mark in the NBA this season. Forward Tony Snell contributed 22 points for the Bulls (34-20), who posted their fourth consecutive win.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 31 points on 12-of-26 shooting from the field. Guard Kyrie Irving added 17 points for Cleveland (33-22), which lost for only the second time in the past 16 games. A shallow frontcourt hindered Cleveland, as forward Kevin Love sat out because of an eye injury and centre Timofey Mozgov played in foul trouble for much of the game.
An aggressive drive by Rose in the final seconds of the third quarter gave the Bulls an 87-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Rose sprinted past Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert and split two defenders in the paint for an up-and-under layup to increase the lead to double digits.
James had four assists to break a tie with Hall of Famer John Havlicek for the second-most assists by a forward in NBA history. The 30-year-old James has (6,118) career assists, which is 18 shy of surpassing Scottie Pippen (6,135) for the league record.