Cavs vs. Bulls, Game 2
at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cavs lead best-of-seven series, 2-0)
TV: TNT, Fox Sports Ohio
Game 3 is 7 p.m. Thursday in Chicago
WHAT HAPPENED: The Bulls were unable to slow down LeBron James, who fired in 40 points and had eight rebounds and eight assists.
"LeBron took over the game," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said.
"I thought we played much sharper. We were much better on the glass. We were more aggressive from the start. The other night, we weren’t getting a body on anybody. We put a lot of emphasis on getting second-chance points. When the game was tied or close, LeBron made plays and scored points. That’s what they do."
The Bulls might not be able to play much better. They had 93 shots from the field - 22 more than the Cavs. They outrebounded the Cavs, 37-36.
They outscored the Cavs, 56-38, in second-change points.
"We played well enough to steal a game," Del Negro said. "They earned it."
The Bulls don't have the kind of frontcourt depth that the Cavs do. Besides starters Shaquille O'Neal and Antawn Jamison, the Cavs bring Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas off the bench. J.J. Hickson, another quality big, can't even get on the court.
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Taj Gibson (6-9, 225)
C Shaquille O'Neal (7-1, 325) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-3, 190)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)
Cavs – G Danny Green, G Sebastian Telfair, F Leon Powe.
Bulls - G Devin Brown, F Joe Alexander, F Rob Kurz.
Joe Crawford, Ron Garretson, Eric Lewis