Thursday night's NBA action featured LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs trying to snap a losing streak. Unfortunately, they ran into Jimmy Butler and the Bulls in Chicago, as this team just keeps fighting for their lives in terms of trying to get to the NBA playoffs. Here's a look at the latest Cavs vs. Bulls NBA game recap as well as the standings implications and what's next for these two NBA teams.

Cleveland vs. Chicago recap

The Bulls hold a surprising 19-0 record in their last 19 home games shown on the TNT network. Tonight's game made for a 20th win as the Bulls defeated the East's top team, the Cleveland Cavs.

Not only did it achieve that distinction, but this Chicago team now has a season sweep against the Cavs.

Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler were tonight's top stars for the Bulls in the victory. Mirotic finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Butler had 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting, which included making both his three-point attempts. Butler also added six boards and five assists.

Others pitched in too, as Robin Lopez had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo dished out a game-high 15 assists. The Bulls shot just over 42 percent for the game, but out-rebounded Cleveland 51-44 and hit two more three-pointers which helped make the difference in the six-point win.

The Cavs' "Big Three" was also whittled down towards the end of this one. Kevin Love received his sixth foul about midway into the fourth quarter removing him from the finale. Love finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in his 21 minutes on the court. LeBron James had 26 points to lead the Cavs and passed NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal to take over the seventh spot on the all-time NBA scoring list.

James also recorded 10 rebounds and eight assists for a near triple-double, while teammate Kyrie Irving had 20 points.

NBA standings & what's next

With the loss, Cleveland is now 47-27 and back down to the No. 2 spot in the East and a half game behind the Boston Celtics. The Cavs will get a chance to snap their three-game losing streak on Friday night.

They take on the Philadelphia 76ers at home in the Quicken Loans Arena starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The win by the Chicago Bulls keeps them alive in terms of the NBA playoff chase. They're still on the outside looking in, but with their 36-39 record, they're right within striking distance of the No. 8 Indiana Pacers (37-38). The Bulls will have another home game this Saturday when they host the Atlanta Hawks at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

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