Bulls spoil Lue's Cavs debut, Suns snatch win from Hawks


The Chicago Bulls crashed new coach Tyronn Lue's debut to down the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-83 in the NBA on Saturday night.

Pau Gasol led the way for the Bulls with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Eastern Conference leaders failed to keep pace with the tempo of Chicago's transition.

LeBron James just missed out on his first triple-double of the season, scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

The Bulls built up a 17 point lead inside the third quarter and kept their opponents at bay, allowing the Cavs to close the gap to eight before the buzzer.

Archie Goodwin drained a three-pointer from atop the arc with 0.1 seconds remaining to win the game for the Phoenix Suns, as they sneaked past the Atlanta Hawks 98-95.

The decisive triple snapped Phoenix's six-game losing streak as they picked up just their second win in 17 games.

Goodwin top scored with 24 points, whilst Tyson Chandler tied a Suns record of 27 rebounds, including 17 in the first half.

The Sacramento Kings comfortably eased past the Indiana Pacers 108-97 at Sleep Train Arena, with DeMarcus Cousins netting a career-high 48 points.

Paul George attempted to keep pace with 34 points of his own but the Pacers found Cousins impossible to deny from the early stages as the Kings pick up their fifth consecutive win.

Danilo Gallinari scored 30 points - including the go-ahead two with 23.8 seconds remaining - as the Denver Nuggets beat the Detroit Pistons 104-101.

Marcus Morris top scored for the Pistons with 20 points in a tight affair but after Reggie Jackson missed a contested lay-up, Denver eased out the final seconds.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets accounted for the New York Knicks 97-84, the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Memphis Grizzlies 106-101 and the Portland Trail Blazers were too strong for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 121-103 at Moda Center.

The Utah Jazz's game against the Washington Wizards was called off due to blizzards.