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Dellavedova Fills In for Irving, Helps Cavs Advance to Conference Finals

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Matthew Dellavedova had a team-high 19 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame losing Kyrie Irving for most of the game due to injury, to smack the Chicago Bulls 94-73 and win the Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.

Irving left the court early in the second quarter after tweaking his left knee when he stepped on teammate Tristan Thompson's shoe, resulting in him planting his left leg awkwardly. Irving was then helped to the locker room where he was initially diagnosed as "probable" to return, but was downgraded to "doubtful" at the start of the second half.

With Irving out, Dellavedova stepped up scoring 14 points in the second half.

LeBron James had a rough shooting night making only 7-of-23 from the field and finishing with 15 points. He did add nine boards, 11 assists, and two blocks as he advances to his fifth straight conference final.

The Cavaliers advance to their first conference final since 2009 by limiting the Bulls to 37.5 percent shooting from the field.

Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 20 points in the loss.

The Cavaliers now await the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Washington Wizards series. The Hawks currently lead that series 3-2.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/14/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinals - Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers 94 - Chicago Bulls 73 (Cavaliers win series 4-2)

Western Conference Semifinals - Game 6: Houston Rockets 119 - Los Angeles Clippers 107 (Series tied, 3-3)

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (13-23) - Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (24-10) - Cleveland Indians 1 (12-21)

Detroit Tigers 13 (21-14) - Minnesota Twins 1 (19-16)

Chicago Cubs 6 (19-15) - New York Mets 5 (20-15)

Kansas City Royals 6 (22-13) - Texas Rangers 3 (15-20)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (20-16) - New York Yankees 1 (21-15)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (18-17) - San Francisco Giants 3 (17-18)

Houston Astros 6 (22-13) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (17-19)

Boston Red Sox 2 (17-18) - Seattle Mariners 1 (15-19)

San Diego Padres 8 (19-17) - Washington Nationals 3 (19-17)

Colorado Rockies 5 (12-19) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (22-12)

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Gasol Says He Will Play in Game 6

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, who missed the past two games with a strained left hamstring, says he will be on the court for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

"I made some good progress today," Gasol said after the Bulls' workout on Wednesday. "No residual pain from (Tuesday) also works. We're making progress. At the end of the day, (Thursday) is the game and I'll do everything I can to help the team. ...I'll be out there. Whichever way I can be, I will be."

The 34-year-old Gasol should provide a huge boost to the Bulls offense -- he played in 78 regular season games this season, averaging 18.5 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field.

The Bulls currently trail the Cavaliers 3-2 in the series.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/12/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers 106 – Chicago Bulls 101 (Cavaliers lead series, 3-2)

Western Conference Semifinals - Game 5: Houston Rockets 124 - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (Clippers lead series, 3-2)

NHL – Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 6: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (Lightning win series, 4-2)

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (17-16) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (11-23)

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (23-9) – Cleveland Indians 3 (11-20)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (16-17) – Atlanta Braves 3 (15-18)

Toronto Blue Jays 10 (17-17) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (14-17)

Detroit Tigers 2 (20-13) – Minnesota Twins 1 (18-15) 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (18-16) – New York Yankees 2 (21-13)

Oakland Athletics 9 (13-22) – Boston Red Sox 2 (15-18)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (16-17) – Colorado Rockies 2 (11-18)

Arizona Diamondbacks 14 (15-17) – Washington Nationals 6 (18-16)

San Francisco Giants 8 (17-16) – Houston Astros 1 (20-13)

Chicago White Sox 4 (13-17) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (12-22)

Kansas City Royals 7 (21-12) – Texas Rangers 6 (14-19) F/10

Chicago Cubs 6 (17-15) – New York Mets 1 (20-13)

Los Angeles Dodgers 11 (22-10) – Miami Marlins 1 (15-19)

Seattle Mariners 11 (15-17) – San Diego Padres 4 (17-17)


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LeBron's Buzzer-Beater Ties Series at Two

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James hit his third career buzzer-beating shot on Sunday with 1.5 seconds left to tie the series with the Bulls at two.

James gave away the ball with an offensive foul with under 20 seconds remaining that Derrick Rose took advantage of with a basket to tie the game, but Cleveland got the last shot to fall.

"I just told [Matthew] Dellavedova to get me the ball and I'm going to win this game for us," James told ABC-TV after the game.

James thought that he was fouled as the clock hit .8 seconds left, but after review the officials put more time on the clock, which allowed him to get loose and nail the long two-point basket from the side of the court.

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt admitted after the game that he almost called a timeout before the James play happened, but his players reminded him that they had none left.  If the officials would have seen Blatt call for a timeout, the Bulls would have gotten the ball due to a technical foul and a free throw. 

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Gasol's Status for Game 4 Unknown 

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(CHICAGO) -- Bulls forward Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring and his status for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers is unknown.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said the MRI on Gasol's hamstring revealed the strain.

"[He's] day to day," Thibodeau said. "He didn't do anything today. We just did some walkthrough stuff."

Thibodeau wasn't committed to whether Gasol would play on Sunday or not.

"We'll see how he feels [Sunday]," Thibodeau said.

Gasol said after Game 3 that he hurt the hamstring in Game 2 and was hoping he would be able to play through the injury, but he wasn't able to do so. Gasol scored six points in 22 minutes and had to leave the game in the second half.

"We don't know the [extent] of his injury yet," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "I hope he'll play, I hope he'll be OK, but if not it's up to us to come together as a team. Like we've said, it's going to take everybody on our roster to get the job done. You never know when your number is going to be called. Just got to be ready."

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Bulls' Guard Jimmy Butler Named NBA's Most Improved Player

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of the best season of his career, the NBA has named Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler as the league's Most Improved Player.

After averaging 13.1 points per game on 39.7% shooting from the floor, Butler upped his average to 20.0 points per game this season on 46.2% shooting from the floor. He also emerged as one of the Bulls' best defensive players.

"It's a testament to his work ethic and what he's done," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Each year he's gotten a lot better, and I think it's being recognized by a lot of people now. Where he is today and comparing that to where he was four years ago, he's made a gigantic jump."

Butler earned 92 of a possible 129 first-place votes for the award. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green finished second in the voting while Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert finished third.

The timing of the award works in Butler's favor, as he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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James Powers Cavs Past Bulls, Evens Series at a Game Apiece

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James had 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Chicago Bulls 106-91 Wednesday night, evening the Eastern Conference semifinals at a game apiece.

James got to work quickly, scoring 14 points in the first quarter for a Cavs' team that was missing the suspended J.R. Smith and the injured Kevin Love.

"We're a little banged up, we're short-handed, so I have to be aggressive," James said. "Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight."

Cleveland connected on 12 of 26 3-pointers, including five by James Jones who finished with 17 points from off the bench.

Derrick Rose had 14 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists but only made 6 of 20 from the field in the loss.

The series now shifts to Chicago. Game 3 is Friday night at the United Center.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 5/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 1: Chicago Bulls 99  Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (Bulls lead series, 1-0)

NHL – Eastern Conference Second Round – Game 3: Washington Capitals 1  New York Rangers 0 (Capitals lead series, 2-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 3 (13-14)  New York Yankees 1 (16-10)

Washington Nationals 6 (13-14) – Miami Marlins 4 (12-14)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (14-12) – Boston Red Sox 1 (12-14)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (10-17) – Atlanta Braves 2 (12-14)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (8-18) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (16-9)

Texas Rangers 2 (9-16)  Houston Astros 1 (18-8)

Minnesota Twins 8 (14-12)  Oakland Athletics 7 (11-16)

St. Louis Cardinals 10 (19-6)  Chicago Cubs 9 (13-11)

San Francisco Giants 2 (13-13)  San Diego Padres 0 (14-13)

Seattle Mariners 3 (11-15)  Los Angeles Angels 2 (11-15)

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Bulls Blast Bucks, Advance to Conference Semis

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- The Chicago Bulls weren't about to lose three straight. The Bulls jumped out to a 65-33 halftime lead and never looked back as they blasted the Milwaukee Bucks out of the playoffs with a 120-66 victory in Wisconsin, Thursday.

The Bulls, who had lost two straight, received contributions from 12 players in the Game 6 destruction. Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 20 points, while Pau Gasol added 19 and eight boards in the win.

Derek Rose stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five boards, and seven assists to help the Bulls advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bulls defense was spectacular, holding the Bucks to 32.9 percent shooting from the field. Not a single player on Milwaukee scored in double figures.

Game 1 of the conference semifinals between the Bulls and the Cavaliers is May 4 in Cleveland.

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