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2015 NBA Playoffs: Cavs Gorge Bulls, 106-91, Tie Series, 1-1

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CLEVELAND – Thanks to 33 points and eight rebounds from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their East semifinals series against the Chicago Bulls with a 106-91 win.

One game after scoring 19 points in a 99-92 loss, James decided to don his trademark headband, much to the chagrin of the visitors from the Windy City.

Beginning the game on a 13-2 surge, and a lineup adjustment of starting power forward Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup, paid dividends as the Cavaliers would go up by as many as 26 points. Other than a 14-0 response by the Bulls in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 12 points, the Cavaliers never looked back.

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field in 34 minutes, the fore mentioned Thompson scored five to go along with 12 rebounds and Iman Shumpert added 15, including going 4-of-7 from three-point range.

Shumpert sustained a left groin injury and leave the game, before returning, only to leave again.

James Jones contributed 17 points off the bench, including going 6-of-10 from the field, including shooting 5-of-9 from three-point range.

For the Bulls, Jimmy Butler led the way with 18 points, Derrick Rose added 14, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol both added 11 points.

Game 3 is in Chicago Friday.

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