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NBA Playoffs: Bulls lead Cavaliers 81-70 at end of third quarter in second round opener

By Michael Beaven Published: May 4, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers drew even with the Bulls twice on the scoreboard in the third quarter, but Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol didn’t seemed faze one bit.

Rose and Gasol were key cogs in a 15-0 run by Chicago in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers tied the score at 51-51 and 53-53 following layups by Timofey Mozgov and Kyrie Irving, respectively.

The Bulls remained composed under coach Tom Thibodeau, and put together a 10-0 run to lead 63-53 and force Cavs coach David Blatt to call a timeout with 7:14 to go in the quarter. Butler and Rose each accounted for five points during the spurt.

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NBA Playoffs: Bulls lead Cavaliers 49-44 at halftime in second round opener

By Michael Beaven Published: May 4, 2015

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving and LeBron James got going in the second quarter when the Cavaliers needed them most to draw closer to the Bulls.

The duo combined for 22 points in the second quarter after scoring just seven points in the first quarter.

Irving made 1-of-7 shots from the field to open the game, but he caught fire during the final eight minutes and 40 seconds of the second quarter to help the Cavaliers erase a double-digit deficit and trail the Bulls 49-44 at halftime.

Irving scored 10 consecutive points for the Cavaliers during a spurt that saw the home team cut its deficit from 35-23 to 39-33. Irving made a jumper, a 3-pointer, three free throws and a layup during the run. He made 4-of-5 fields goal in the quarter and 5-of-5 free throws to finish with 17 points at halftime. James had 12 points at halftime.

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NBA Playoffs: Bulls lead Cavaliers 27-15 at end of first quarter in second round opener

By Michael Beaven Published: May 4, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Chicago Bulls opened the game making 8-of-14 from the field including 5-of-6 from 3-point range to build a 21-7 lead midway through the first quarter.

Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of the Bulls first 21 points and Derrick Rose scored six points.  

With Kevin Love out due to injury and J.R. Smith out due to a suspension, Cavaliers coach David Blatt inserted Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller into the starting lineup alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov.

The Bulls starting five of Dunleavy, Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Paul Gasol looked solid with consistent passing on offense, energy on defense and rebounding on both ends of the court for coach Tom Thibodeau.

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Game 1 Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 4, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT

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LeBron James calls Steph Curry's MVP award 'well-deserved'

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 4, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James called Steph Curry’s Most Valuable Player award “well-deserved” while joking he was glad to see another kid from Akron win the award.

Curry, coincidentally, was officially announced as the league MVP while James was praising him.

“If my phone was on, I would’ve definitely congratulated him a lot,” James said, referring to his social media blackout during the postseason. “I think it’s well-deserved. You see the team success, that’s the first thing that pops out. Franchise-record in wins. … He’s the catalyst of that whole ship, and I think he’s had an unbelievable season. I think it’s great that another kid born in Akron, Ohio can win an MVP.”

Both James and Curry were born at Akron General Hospital.

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Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, estimated recovery time 4 to 6 months

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 30, 2015

Kevin Love had surgery Wednesday in New York to repair his dislocated shoulder and will miss the rest of the postseason. His estimated recovery time is 4 to 6 months.

Love had the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. It was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who is not affiliated with the Cavs medical team or the Cleveland Clinic. Love’s follow-up care will be provided by the Cavs’ medical staff and head team physician Dr. Richard Parker.

The given timeline makes it possible recovery could interfere with training camp and the start of next season, which typically begins around the end of October. Love, incidentally, has a player option on his contract and can become a free agent this summer. 

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