/With President Obama in Their Corner, Bulls Hold Off Comeback by Cavaliers

With President Obama in Their Corner, Bulls Hold Off Comeback by Cavaliers

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The Bulls’ Marc Gasol tried to block a shot by the Cavaliers’ J..R. Smith in the season opener in Chicago. Gasol finished with six blocks.

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CHICAGO — In front of a president who has run his final campaign, the Chicago Bulls unleashed their up-tempo offense with a season-opening 97-95 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at United Center.

With President Obama, Chicago’s own, at courtside and clearly in their corner, the Bulls held off a late charge from the short-handed Cavaliers, powered by James, who led all scorers with 25 points and added 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

After James put the Cavs ahead, 83-82, for the first time in the second half, Nikola Mirotic hit a baseline runner over Tristan Thompson and J. R. Smith and converted a 3-point play.

The Bulls never trailed again, but after building an 8-point lead, they had to withstand two 3-point shots by Kevin Love and did not…

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