Final: Cavs 106, Bulls 91
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May 06, 2015 — LeBron James scored 33 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals and the Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls, 106-91 to level their Eastern Conference semis series at 1-1.
James, who scored 22 of his total points in an aggressive first half, shot 13-of-29 from the floor, while the Cavs were +31 with him on the court.
The Cavaliers, who are without Kevin Love for the rest of the playoffs, were again without starting J.R. Smith, who was serving the second of his two game suspension.
“We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive,” said James, who brought back his headband for Game 2.
“Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.”
Kyrie Irving contributed 21 points, James Jones hit 5-for-9 from three-point range for 17 points, while Iman Shumpert added 15 and connected on 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls with 18 points, while Derrick Rose finished with 14 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the defeat.
The star point guard struggled from the field though, after going 6-for-20 in field goal attempts.
Pau Gasol chipped in with 11 points for Chicago, which had won Game 1 of the series on Monday night and was looking to take a 2-0 lead back home to host their two games.
Cleveland, which raced off to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and then extended the gap to 33-14, led 38-18 at half time, as the Bulls had no answer in the opening minutes of the contest.
The home side rushed out to a 48-27 lead on a Matthew Dellavedova three-pointer with 8:33 on the clock, before going up by 21 points again five-minutes later, at 60-39. Dellavedova finished the game with nine points and nine assists.
Chicago went on a 14-0 run to cut the lead to 11 points, but James came alive again to build back the lead and pilot his team to the vital victory.
“They smashed us,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after his team struggled to find an answer for the hosts.
Rose admitted that James coming out and setting the tone early made it easier for his teammates follow.
“That’s what a leader of the team is supposed to do,” Rose said. “Everybody on the team followed right behind him.”
It was another slow night for Joakim Noah, who after finishing Game 1 without scoring, could only manage four in Game 2 in 30-minutes. He did contributed seven rebounds and four assists for the Bulls in the defeat.
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CAVS LEAD BULLS, 64-45 AT HALF TIME
CLEVELAND (Sporting Alert) — Cleveland Cavaliers took a step closer to even their Eastern Conference series with the Chicago Bulls by dominating the first half of Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Live Coverage of Game 2 is Streaming on TNT Overtime For Online Viewers. The Cavs, who scored 38 points in the first quarter, lead the Bulls 64-45 at half time, as they seek to even the series at 1-1, following Game 1 defeat on Monday night.
LeBron James has so far scored 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field, while pulling down five rebounds and three assists in the first 24 minutes.
Iman Shumpert, is supporting well with 13 points. He has so far knock down 4-for-5 from three-point range, plus pulling down six rebounds and six steals.
Kyrie Irving has 11 points for Cleveland.
Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 11 points, while Derrick Rose has seven points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Cavaliers go into the interval shooting 60.0-percent from behind the arc on 9-for-15.
#Cavs shooting 49% FG, 60% (9-15) 3pt FG; CHI, 41% FG, 2nd chance pts: CLE, 11, CHI 6. Butler leads CHI w/11pts; D. Rose, 3-12 FG, 7pts.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are dominating the first half with LeBron James and Iman Shumpert already both in double figures.
Meanwhile, according to ESPN sources, Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler will win this year’s Most Improved Player, after improving his scoring from 13.1 points per game to 20.0 points per game this season. The All-Star guard is also shooting 46.2 percent from the field this season.
CLEVELAND (Sporting Alert) — The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to bounce back from Monday night’s defeat when they take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final on Wednesday.
Live Coverage of Game 2 is Streaming on TNT Overtime For Online Viewers.
The Bulls took Game 1 on the road, 99-92, after jumping out to the lead and never trailed in the contest.
Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 20 for Chicago, which shot 50.0 percent from the floor and an impressive 55.6 percent from the 3-point range.
Rose was a slight concern for this game because of a shoulder problem, but the former MVP is good to go as he tries to lead the Bulls to a 2-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, after failing to keep tabs on the Bulls shooters in Game 1, Cavaliers coach David Blatt will place Tristan Thompson in his team starting lineup for Game 2.
He will start in place of Mike Miller, who was inserted in the starting team for the injured Kevin Love, but struggled to get going.
“I’m always going to be ready,” Thompson said ahead of the battle. “My job is pretty simple, just come out and play hard and be an energy guy.”
All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 30 points in the defeat in Game 1 welcomes the move, as it will allow LeBron James to move back to his regular small forward position.
“Well, we get our 3 man back,” Irving said. “You know, it was great seeing Bron at the 4, but at times he’s getting the ball — just like our bigs — and he’s giving it right to me.
“Our dynamic throughout the entire year and what we’ve created is we play off one another and our bigs get the rebound and our bigs, me and Bron are sprinting dang near at half court ready to get our offense started.”
He added: “So we have our 3 man back and he’ll be out on the perimeter. And all that energy battling Joakim Noah and all those other bigs can be afforded on Mike Dunleavy playing the 3 and also on the offensive end.”