LeBron's Cavs eliminate Bulls to face Celtics

10:26, April 29, 2010      

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LeBron James pulled his right arm tightly to his chest, unable to do anything but grimace as the final seconds expired on Cleveland's series-clinching win.

The Bulls were finally out of the way.

But for the Cavaliers, moving on in the NBA playoffs wasn't pain free.

James, playing despite a sore right elbow that forced him to shoot a free throw with his left hand in the closing seconds, just missed a triple-double as the Cavs advanced to a playoff date with Boston by beating Chicago 96-94 in Game 5 on Tuesday night in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.

James scored 19 points - 16 in the second half - and added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs finally downed the stubborn Bulls to win the series 4-1. Unable to lift his right arm, James hoisted and missed a free throw left-handed with 7.8 seconds left and the Cavs only ahead by four.

There was no immediate word on James' elbow, which has been bothering him for three weeks. After the game he went to the trainer's room for evaluation and treatment.

"Hopefully, it's nothing bad," Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal said.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points for Cleveland, who will face the Celtics, reuniting teams that don't like each other and who played a testy seven-game series in 2008.

Game 1 is Saturday.

"A lot of people are saying they're too old but we know they're going to come out and give us their best shot," said Jamison, who was not with the Cavs the last time Cleveland met Boston in the postseason. "It's going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun."

Derrick Rose scored 31 points and Luol Deng 26 for Chicago, who had several shots roll in and out in the final minutes.

Given little chance against the league's top team during the regular season, the Bulls gave the top-seeded Cavaliers all they could handle.


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