The Cleveland Cavaliers evened up their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Chicago Bulls as LeBron James starred for his team with a huge display in a 106-91 win.
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James was expected to take over on Wednesday night, and he didn’t disappoint as he ended the game with 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists to silence the Bulls and seal the 1-1 tie heading into Game 3 at the United Center on Friday night.
Iman Shumpert started the game hot from three-point range which gave the hosts the early momentum as they led throughout and never gave the visitors a chance to get into the game.
Although he did suffer a scare with a groin injury in the second half, the former New York Knicks star finished the game with 15 points while Kyrie Irving added 21 points to the victory.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler top scored for the Bulls with 18 points, but it was a disappointing night overall for Tom Thibodeau’s men as they started slow and were never able to recover to give themselves a chance at taking a 2-0 series lead.
Instead, they will now have to rest and regroup ahead of the series switching to the UC, and they will need to start stronger and cope with James better with JR Smith set to return from his two-game suspension too.
However, Wednesday night belonged to James as he stepped up when his team needed him most as the Cavs now take back the momentum in this Eastern Conference clash between two giants both with realistic aspirations of winning a championship this year.