Seldom-used rookie James Johnson actually did alright against LeBron, just not on this particular play:
James poured in 40 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists as Cleveland pulled away late to beat Chicago 112-102.
The Bulls dared LeBron to shoot jumpers throughout the game. He found the range in the second half, hitting numerous long shots over Luol Deng.
Jamario Moon, a career 30 percent 3-point shooter, hit a trio of 3’s in the second half. His unlikely performance, along with LeBron’s dominance, was the key to Cleveland’s win.
Joakim Noah had a strong game for the Bulls, finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Deng played aggressively, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
The Cavs won with the puzzling strategy of LeBron holding the ball and standing still. It worked against Chicago, but probably won’t work against better teams later in the playoffs. Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison were practically non-factors. Jamison spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench.
Derrick Rose had a quiet game for the Bulls, but still end up with 23 points and eight assists. Cleveland continued to do a good jump of keeping him out of the lane.
Game 3 is Thursday night–during the NFL Draft. Go figure.