Lebron Carries Cavs, Bulls on Brink Elimination

Spectators cheer Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) after James scored against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) ORG XMIT: OHJJ145

It’s been a great series so far, and heading into game 5 tied up at 2-2 games apiece, the Bulls and Cavs delivered another stellar game. The series has been about a lot of different players, but Rose and James, the two former MVPs, have had the big shots. In game 5 it was about Rose and James again, but this time not a shot but a block.

After an Irving missed jumper, Rose came down for a breakaway layup that could only be blocked by Lebron. For Rose it’s too bad he was playing against Lebron…

Cleveland held onto the lead and went on to win 106-101, and they now have a 3-2 lead heading into Thursday’s contest back in Chicago.

James went for 38 along with 12 rebounds and 6 dimes. He has carried the Cleveland franchise on his back for at least this series if not the entire playoffs since losing Kevin Love to injury. KYRIE IRVING doesn’t seem to be 100% healthy, he chipped in with 25 points tonight, but even he understands how much Lebron is doing.

“I commend him for putting us on his back,” Irving said post game.

“We were slow. He was quicker,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said about Lebron post game.

Jimmy Butler scored 29 and Mike Dunleavy 19 in a losing effort for Chicago. Derrick Rose scored 16, 12 in the first quarter, but the star guard shot just 2 of 15 in the final three quarters and aggravated a shoulder “stinger” he sustained in Game 1.

The Bulls have 1 home game left to try to push the series to a 7th and final game in Cleveland.

Chicago’s Taj Gibson, was ejected for putting his foot into the back of Cleveland’s Dellavedova after a leg tie up. It isn’t known yet if the league will suspend Gibson or Dellavedova for game 6th.

Lebron was on the bench for the fracas and made sure none of his teammates went on the floor. James called Dellavedova “the toughest guy on our team” and promised the Cavs won’t tolerate any rough stuff.

“We just want to play ball,” Lebron said. “But we’ll protect our brothers.”

The Cavs were sparked by the incident and opened a 90-73 lead before the Bulls came charging back. Dunleavy scored six points in an 11-0 run that got Chicago back in it before the Cavs gained their composure and closed it out.

The Bulls were missing big man Pau Gasol, who sat out his second straight game with a strained left hamstring and didn’t sound confident before Game 5 that he’d be ready by Thursday.

NBA Notes:
Cavaliers: James joined Shaquille O’Neal (2000) and Larry Bird (1986) as the only players with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and zero turnovers in a playoff game since 1977-78.

Written by Zac Porter

Zac Porter

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