There was some anxiety in Cleveland before Game 2. The Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 and took home court advantage from Cleveland in their 2nd round matchup. But, have no fear, Lebron’s here.
James came to play and scored 33 points, using many moves from his arsenal. On one play, he powered his way to the basket, slamming the ball over defender Jimmy Butler for two points.
The move was powerful and the night belonged to Cleveland who jumped out to a 28-14 first quarter lead. Three point shots were falling, and the Bulls looked a step slow most of the night. When the Cavs had a 38-18 point lead at the end of the first quarter, the game was essentially over.
Kyrie Irving had a 21 point night, Iman Shumpert filled in capably for JR Smith, hitting 4 long treys. James Jones had 5 three pointers. Together they were 9 of 16 from three point land.
The Cavs’ faithful roared with approval and the rout was on. The Bulls did have a 14-0 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 11, but that is as close as the team got.
Chicago, in the words of Charles Barkley, TNT analyst, “mailed it in.” They only hit 40% of their shots. That tells you all you need to know about this game.
The Bulls had a better effort in the second half. Butler had 18 points. Derrick Rose had an awful night from the floor, making 5 of 20 shots for 14 points. Pau Gasol chipped in with 11 and Taj Gibson added 11 off the bench. The Bulls never got on track and will have to find the answers in time for Game 3 back at the United Center. This series is tied 1-1 and Game 3 is up for grabs.