It was James’ first triple-double since March 28, 2014. He became the 20th player this season with a triple-double.
James’ 12 assists led to 31 points. In the Cavaliers’ three earlier games with the Bulls this season, he had 12 assists combined.
The Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith put his name in the NBA record books, according to Elias Sports Bureau, for taking the most 3-point shots without attempting a 2-pointer. Smith shot 17 3-pointers (he made eight). The record had been 13, shared by three players: Ryan Anderson (2012-13), Voshon Lenard (1996-97) and Mookie Blaylock (1995-96).
Five of Smith’s 3-pointers came off passes from James.
Bettering James’ 20 points and Smith’s 24 were Kyrie Irving’s 27. The point guard was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers (8-of-19 overall from the field) and made seven of eight free throws.
Bulls fail on drives
The Cavaliers’ defense limited the Bulls to 5-of-15 shooting on drives. The Cavaliers outscored the Bulls 25-14 on drives, shooting 53 percent compared with the Bulls’ 33 percent.
James and Irving themselves outscored the Bulls on drive points (15-14).
Cavaliers hot at home
The Cavaliers extended their home-court winning streak to 18 games, their longest since the 2008-09, when they won 23 in a row at home.
The Cavaliers (50-27) reached 50 wins for the eighth time in franchise history, including the fifth time with James on the roster.
Before the 2005-06 season, the first time the Cavaliers won 50 games with James, they hadn’t reached 50 wins since 1992-93.