NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers Close Out Chicago Bulls [PHOTOS]
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers had their problems against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday as LeBron James had a poor shooting night and Kyrie Irving missed most of the last three quarters with a foot injury. The Cavs still enjoyed a lopsided victory as they moved into the NBA's Eastern Conference finals with a 94-73 stifling of the Bulls in Chicago.
The Cavaliers' bench accounted for 40 points, with Matthew Dellavedova scoring a team-high 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Dellavedova, J.R. Smith and James Jones each shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range for Cleveland, which was 12 of 27 from beyond the arc.
James shot just 7-for-23 and still came close to a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Irving scored six points in 12 minutes before he came down on teammate Tristan Thompson's foot early in the second quarter with the score 35-35
Thompson added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to the rout.
The Bulls shot under 38 percent from the field and scored just 29 points over the second and third quarters. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 20 points and Derrick Rose added 14, but no other Bull had more than eight.
The Cavaliers next face either Atlanta or Washington.
The Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers are heading back to Houston for a seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series. The Rockets stayed alive by outscoring the Clippers 40-15 in the fourth quarter of a 119-107 comeback in Los Angeles.
Corey Brewer scored 15 of his 19 points in the final period to lead the rally. Brewer tied the game with a dunk and put Houston ahead to stay by nailing a 3-pointer with about 3 ½ minutes remaining.
Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and a game-high 21 rebounds, while James Harden added a team-best 23 points despite shooting 5-for-20. Josh Smith hit four of the Rockets' 12 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to help the Rockets set up a Sunday showdown in Houston.
The Clippers were overwhelmed after taking a 19-point lead on Chris Paul's layup with 2 ½ minutes left in the third period. Paul had team highs of 31 points and 11 assists, while Blake Griffin contributed 28 points.
DeAndre Jordan was held in check, finishing with just eight points and nine boards while playing in foul trouble.
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