Chicago 85, Cleveland 86
Studs: Derrick Rose had his best performance of the young season, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Luol Deng posted a team-high 15 points as the Bulls escaped from Quicken Loans Arena with a win. LeBron James had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists; and Shaquille O'Neal appeared to hit his stride, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks against the Cavs' division rival.
Duds: Cleveland's bench combined for just 12 points and big men Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson combined to shoot a miserable 0-for-13 from the field. Jannero Pargo missed all 4 of his shots off of the Bulls' bench.
Game Notes: James had a chance to win the game in the last possession, but turned the ball over after being double-teamed by Deng and Joakim Noah. James vehemently protested the no-call, but to no avail… Cleveland shot just 12-for-20 (60%) from the free throw line and forced just 6 Chicago turnovers… The Cavs have equaled their home loss total from all of last year (2) after just three games this season.
Utah 113, San Antonio 99
Studs: The Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak behind 27 points and 14 rebounds from Carlos Boozer and 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists from Deron Williams. Tim Duncan had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tony Parker added a team-high 21 for San Antonio in the loss. The Spurs also got solid contributions from rookie power forward DeJuan Blair, who posted 14 points and 9 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Duds: Matt Bonner drew the start for the Spurs and shot just 1-for-6, while George Hill was 1-for-8 off the bench.
Game Notes: Utah had lost four consecutive games to the Spurs before winning on Thursday night… The last time Utah scored over 100 points in a win over San Antonio was in the 1998-1999 season… Wes Matthews had the best game of his young career, scoring a career-high 12 points and adding 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 25 minutes off the Jazz' bench.