Cavs take first matchup with Bulls; James big in OT, Rose hurt

It's Cleveland 1, Chicago 0 in the supposed Battle for the East.

LeBron James' Cavs shrugged off their opening night loss and downed the Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night at the United Center. And, just like old times, LeBron dominated in OT, scoring Cleveland's first eight points in the extra five minutes.

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The first two of those points came on this "No, he didn't" circus shot against Pau Gasol.

James finished with a game-high 36.

"It was an opportunity to go out and redeem ourselves and I was happy with the outcome," James told reporters.

Cleveland's hard-fought victory also helped nudge the Cavs-Bulls narrative forward. A lot of folks expect these teams to vie for the NBA's Eastern Conference title this season.

"They're a very good team," Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich told reporters. "Obviously, they're as talented as anybody one-two-three (James, Kyrie Irving, Kvein Love). Their bigs are very good at getting little things and complementing their other guys. I know they're going to be a tough out, no question."

Worse news for the Bulls on Friday: Oft-injured point guard Derrick Rose sprained his left ankle and left the game in the third quarter.

Rose told reporters that X-rays were negative.

“I just sprained my ankle and had to sit out,’’ Rose said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m walking around, so everyone can breathe.

“I hurt it in the first half, tried to give it a go in

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the second half, but it kind of limited me a little bit, ­shooting jump shots and wasn’t getting the bounce I wanted.’’

Rose said he will try to return for the Bulls' game Saturday against the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.