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Bulls spoil James' preseason debut; Cavs show off new starting lineup

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots as he's guarded by the Bulls' Justin Holiday during the first half of a preseason game in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots as he's guarded by the Bulls' Justin Holiday during the first half of a preseason game in Cleveland, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

LeBron James made his preseason debut Tuesday night after missing Cleveland's first three games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 17 points, but also had eight turnovers in the 108-94 loss to the Bulls.

It was the first chance for James to play with close friend and former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as the Cavaliers showed off their new starting lineup. James was joined by Wade, Kevin Love and newcomers Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder.

Rose finished with 13 points and Iman Shumpert added 12.

As the Cavs maneuver a veteran-laden roster, the young Bulls move on from the Jimmy Butler era. Justin Holiday scored a game-high 28 points, and 2017 No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen poured in 18. Denzel Valentine finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

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