CHICAGO -- LeBron James wasnt holding back.Clevelands superstar had plenty to say after the Cavaliers gave up 78 points in the paint on the way to another loss. The condensed version was this: Its time to start playing like a championship team again.Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 24 and the Chicago Bulls beat James and the slumping Cavaliers 111-105 on Friday night.Taj Gibson added a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago. Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the balanced Bulls handed the Cavaliers their third straight loss.We got to get out of the honeymoon stage, James said. You got to play the game, the right way. Weve got to battle every night like we aint won nothing. Last year is last year. After ring night is over with, now its a new season and everybody is gunning for us every night and we have to understand that. The honeymoon stage is over. Its time to play some real ball and be physical, especially in the trenches. Giving up 78 points (in the paint) is ridiculous. Weve got to man up. Everybody.James manned up to the tune of 27 points and 13 assists, a championship-level performance on a night when he showed up dressed as a World Series champion: He arrived at the arena in a Cubs uniform to honor a World Series bet with buddy Wade.Kyrie Irving added 20 points and eight assists, but the Cavaliers matched their longest losing streak in a year.Chicago dominated Cleveland 78-60 in the paint, outrebounded the Cavaliers 49-33 and came out on top despite shooting 3 of 18 on 3-pointers. It was a big turnaround for the Bulls coming off a loss to the Lakers.I think we know what were capable of if we play basketball the right way and do what were supposed to do, Butler said.DOWN THE STRETCHThe Bulls used a strong third quarter to turn a one-point halftime deficit into an 88-80 lead. And they withstood several pushes in the fourth to knock off the defending NBA champions.Kevin Love nailed a 3 to cut the lead to 103-99 with about 4 minutes left, but the Bulls hung on.Wade drove for a layup to make it 107-101 with 2:39 remaining. Nikola Mirotic then stole the ball from James, leading to a putback basket for Wade.Mirotic came up with another big play when he blocked a 3 by Irving with 1:11 left to cause a shot-clock violation.KING CUBJames clearly wasnt thrilled about having to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform after he rooted hard for his hometown Cleveland Indians in the World Series. But he was a man of his word, honoring the wager he made with Wade, his good friend and former Miami Heat teammate.James wore a No. 23 Cubs jersey with his last name stitched across the back, a Cubs hat partially covered by a Cubbie-blue hoodie, pinstripe pants and long baseball socks. James uniform even had the 2016 World Series champions shoulder patch.I actually thought he looked good, said Wade, who was waiting for James when he arrived at the arena and took a picture of his ex-teammate. He actually did look like a baseball player.The two hugged before tipoff and had some playful moments during the game.James patted Wade on the backside as they ran down the court together after he hit a tough fadeaway jumper over his pal in the third quarter. Wade returned the favor after burying a 3 in James face moments later.TIP-INSCavaliers: G/F Mike Dunleavy Jr. missed his second consecutive game because of a concussion.Bulls: Rondos triple-double was his first with the Bulls and the 29th of his career. ... Butler has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. ... With the Bulls playing four times in five days, coach Fred Hoiberg said Wade wont travel to Dallas for Saturdays game. ... 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Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler would be candidates to play in Englands Test side purely as batsmen according to head coach Trevor Bayliss.The England selectors will meet on Thursday morning to select the squad for the first Investec Test against Pakistan at Lords before it is announced later that day, and Bayliss said it would be an interesting meeting.There will definitely be one enforced change following Nick Comptons decision to take a break from the game, although he would have been dropped after a torrid series against Sri Lanka.Stokes is currently making his comeback from knee surgery by playing as a batsman for Durham after being injured in the first Test against Sri Lanka, while Buttler is seeking a Test recall having been dropped against Pakistan in the UAE.Buttler will be considered as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps after Bairstows inconsistent series against Sri Lanka, but Bayliss indicated that he thought him a viable option without the gloves and also suggested that Stokes did not have to be a certainty to bowl to come into consideration.From my point of view, hes in contention for a batting spot if its fit, Bayliss said of Stokes. Hes playing the next four-day game as a batsman and might, depending on how hes gone in the last few days in the nets, he might bowl some short spells. Im just saying a guy who has made plenty of runs in Test cricket already, he has to be discussed Im sure.Knowing Jos and the type of sportsman he is - whatever hes doing: darts, snooker, football, cricket - hes a game player. He could play as a bat, Im sure. He could field, he wouldnt have too many problems at all. We saw Jonny field in these one-day games and hes a very similar sportsman as well, a good athlete, and I think Jos would be the same. He played in the IPL as a fielder. I think he could handle it.Buttler has not played a first-class match since the Dubai Test against Pakistan in October, but Bayliss does not think that has to be a deciding factor into whether he returns to the line-up.Not for Jos, I dont think, the way he plays, he said. Personally I think hed be better in Test cricket if he played like hee does in the white-ball game.dddddddddddd That would be devastating, him coming in at six or seven and being able to play like that.He certainly looks like he has a lot of confidence at the moment, this series against Sri Lanka has probably been as consistent as hes played since I got here. The way he has struck the ball, the way he has carried himself, his keeping as well was pretty good, hes certainly in contention.Alongside a decision on Stokes fitness, an assessment will need to be made over James Anderson who has a stress fracture of his right shoulder blade. Anderson has resumed gentle bowling but Bayliss said it was a day-to-day process given the unusual nature of the injury. Jake Ball, who was in the squad throughout the Sri Lanka series, and has been rested from Nottinghamshires current Championship match against Lancashire, would be the favourite to replace Anderson.The batting vacancy could be filled by a straight swap of Compton for another top-order batsman, the favourite being Durhams Scott Borthwick, but if it was taken by either Stokes or Buttler it would require a reshuffle in the order which would require either Joe Root or James Vince to bat at No. 3.Bayliss reiterated his belief that Root is Englands future No. 3, but said that he thought Vince - who made a maiden international fifty in the final ODI against Sri Lanka having replaced Alex Hales - would not have a problem adjusting to the position which he holds for Hampshire in domestic cricket. Vince had a difficult start against Sri Lanka in the Tests, with 54 runs in four innings, but seems certain to retain his place.Long term, I think Root is our No. 3, Bayliss said. Rooty would have to want to do it, its a big change and hes done well at No. 4. My way of thinking is you put your best batter at No. 3. But from what Ive seen of Vince, I think he could handle No. 3 also. In a way hes a similar style of player to Rooty, a classical player, plays nice and straight, so theres no reason why he couldnt make a success of No. 3. ' ' '