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LeBron slays Bulls

CLEVELAND, April 20 – LeBron James scored 40 points to spark the Cleveland Cavaliers past Chicago 112-102, giving the NBA regular-season champions a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.James connected on 16-of-23 shots from the field and scored 15 points in the final eight minutes as the top seed Cavaliers outlasted a determined Bulls’ squad that were level at 77-77 entering the fourth quarter.

"I watched a lot of film from game one," James said. "I knew as soon as I caught it they would back up and I would have an opportunity to take a jump shot and I had to make it."

James also contributed eight rebounds and eight assists for the NBA’s winningest club, which owns a home-field edge throughout the playoffs in quest of the team’s first-ever NBA crown.

"It’s all or nothing for us. We know what the long-term goal is," James said.

The Bulls will try to bounce back in game three at Chicago on Thursday while the Cavaliers focus on trying to finish off the best-of-seven series as quickly as possible.

"The most important game is game three," James said. "That’s what we’re concentrating on."

Jamario Moon sank four 3-point shots to join Mo Williams with 12 points while Antawn Jamison added 14 for the Cavaliers, who fended off late charges by the Bulls thanks to Moon’s long-range accuracy.

"They kept scrapping," James said. "They would not quit. They kept making good plays. Every time they would do that, J-Moon would find himself open and he made some big shots."

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Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 25 points and contributed 13 rebounds while Derrick Rose added 23 points and Luol Deng had 20 in a losing cause.

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