LeBron James just missed a triple-double despite an apparently sore right elbow, and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to a playoff date with Boston by beating Chicago, 96-94, in Game 5 last night in perhaps Vinny Del Negro's final game as Bulls coach.
James, favoring a tender right elbow that appears to hurt worse than he's letting on, scored 19 points - 16 in the second half - and added 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Cavs finally saddled the stubborn Bulls to win the series, 4-1. Unable to lift his right arm, James was forced to shoot a free throw lefthanded with 7.8 seconds left.
Game 1 is Saturday.
Celtics 96, Heat 86Ray Allen scored 24 points, making five three-pointers in the second half, to help host Boston eliminate Miami. Boston advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals thanks to 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Rajon Rondo. Paul Pierce scored 21 for the Celtics. Dwyane Wade finished with 31 points.
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