The Chicago Bulls suffered an embarrassing 94-73 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center on Thursday night to end their season with their rivals claiming a 4-2 series triumph.
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The Cavs took advantage of a poor second quarter from the hosts to open up a 58-44 lead over the Bulls at half-time, with Tristan Thompson doing some solid work on the boards.
Meanwhile, Iman Shumpert was seemingly spurred into action following a clothesline from Nikola Mirotic, with the former New York Knicks star putting up 11 points and six rebounds in the first half alone.
Chicago’s shooting struggles continued in the second half and they were made to pay for it by the visitors who built a significant lead and never looked in danger of surrendering it down the stretch.
LeBron James ended the game with 15 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists, but it was a team effort with five Cavs players ending the game in double scoring figures, led by back-up reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls with 20 points, but it was a disappointing all round performance as coach Tom Thibodeau now faces some tough questions with speculation suggesting that the Bulls will finally fire him after months of reports claiming that the writing was on the wall.
It is undoubtedly a disappointing end to the season for Chicago, as they now have to deal with the fallout of losing to James in the post-season yet again.
In contrast, Cleveland will now await the winner of the Atlanta Hawks vs the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Finals.