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  • LeBron James carries Cavs with his hot hand

    LeBron James carries Cavs with his hot hand
    LeBron James set up his sensational Game 5 performance with a foreshadowing comment after Game 4. "If I get one game where I shoot 50 percent," he said, "we might be able to do some things." James shot 40.9 percent against the Bulls in Game 1, then...
  • Matthew Dellavedova helps Cavaliers 'lock up' victory in Game 5

    Matthew Dellavedova helps Cavaliers 'lock up' victory in Game 5
    CLEVELAND — Matthew Dellavedova, it appeared, put a leg lock on Taj Gibson that precipitated their fracas early in the fourth quarter. But the low-key Dellavedova pleaded innocent — or perhaps ignorant — after the game. "I was trying...
  • Bulls' rally falls short in 106-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5

    Bulls' rally falls short in 106-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5
    CLEVELAND — Pau Gasol sat on the bench in street clothes, his strained left hamstring sidelining him for a second straight game. Taj Gibson sat in the locker room, ejected for a flagrant-two foul during an entanglement with Cavaliers' guard...
  • LeBron shines as Cavs beat Bulls, 106-101, take 3-2 series lead

    CLEVELAND Kyrie Irving returned to his old self. LeBron James did, too. James finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, Irving scored 25 points despite battling injuries to both legs and guard Iman Shumpert grabbed a crucial offensive rebound...
  • Controversy, doubts swirl around Cavaliers coach David Blatt

     Controversy, doubts swirl around Cavaliers coach David Blatt
    Moments after being saved from a blunder that would have left him synonymous with Chris Webber — plus whoever failed to give the ball to "Beast Mode" at the end of the Super Bowl — Cavaliers coach David Blatt stood outside the Cavaliers'...
  • Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge

    Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge
    Frustration unlikely to fade for years consumed Taj Gibson at his locker Sunday after Cavaliers star LeBron James hit a fadeaway, 21-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to beat the Bulls 86-84 at the United Center and suck the life out of a city. A...
  • Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue prevents costly mistake by David Blatt

    Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue prevents costly mistake by David Blatt
    As Derrick Rose's layup settled through the basket to tie Game 4 with 9.4 seconds left Sunday, Cavaliers coach David Blatt signaled for a timeout. One problem: The Cavaliers didn't have one. Associate head coach Tyronn Lue walked toward and pulled...
  • LeBron changes play, hits jumper at horn to beat Bulls

    LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. "Give me the ball and get out of the way," he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt's idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper...
  • Bulls lose to Cavaliers as LeBron James hits buzzer-beater

    Bulls lose to Cavaliers as LeBron James hits buzzer-beater
    Two, maybe three buzzer-beaters from now, the Bulls could look back at Sunday afternoon at the United Center as a major missed opportunity. Nobody knows where this deliciously dramatic Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Cavaliers is...
  • Bulls 99, Cavs 96: Handing out Game 3 awards

    Bulls 99, Cavs 96: Handing out Game 3 awards
    They're all winners, in a sense. The NBA's awards season is in full swing, and newly minted Most Improved Player Jimmy Butler was honored before the Bulls faced Cleveland in Game 3 of their playoff series Friday. Then Derrick Rose stole the show as...
  • Kyrie Irving won't use foot injury as excuse for subpar play in Game 3

    Kyrie Irving won't use foot injury as excuse for subpar play in Game 3
    Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving would have preferred to keep his lingering right foot injury a mystery. Coach David Blatt let that secret out after Game 3 against the Bulls. "I kept it to myself, kept it within the team," Irving said. "I understand...