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LeBron, Cavs oust Bulls, advance to face Celtics

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.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points for Cleveland, which will face the Celtics, reuniting teams who played a testy seven-game series in 2008.

Game 1 is Saturday.

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

Delonte West had 16 points and Shaquille O'Neal 14 while racking up fouls against Chicago's big men.

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.

Crawford wins Sixth Man

Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. The former Knick won the award going away with 580 of a possible 610 points.

- AP

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