NBA: Cleveland Eliminates Chicago

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For the first time since 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to win the series 4-2.

In reality, once LeBron James nailed that dagger of a game-winning shot in Game 4, the Bulls were toast. They didn't have much left after that and it was made apparent on Thursday. James only registered 15 points on 7-of-23 shooting, but his damage was done in their previous visit to The Windy City.

He also pulled down nine boards and dished out 11 assists.

Cleveland didn't rely on the luxury of having Game 7 at home on Saturday. They wanted this series over and they came in with the right mental approach to sending the Bulls on a nice summer vacation.

And for Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, this very well was his last game at the helm. Once again the Bulls endured an atrocious offensive lull. After scoring 31 points in the opening quarter, they went onto score 42 points the duration.

"We want Game 6 not Game 7," Tristan Thompson said before producing a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds to go with two blocks. "That's how we see it. We're in the moment."

As the narrative has gone for the Cavaliers this postseason, they suffered a major scare when Kyrie Irving went to the locker room early in the second quarter after his left foot stepped on the foot of Pau Gasol. He hobbled promptly to the bench before being helped to the locker.Please see  www.cleveland.com  

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