The muscle behind one well-known inanimate object proved its significance once more.
Last night was the return…of the headband. Call it what you want, but when the headband is securely fastened around the four-time MVP‘s dome, beast mode is unleashed. Lead by LeBron James‘ 33-point effort, the Cleveland Cavaliers sailed to a 106-91 blowout victory.
Despite grabbing a season-high 15 boards and filling up the stat sheet in Game 1’s 99-92 loss, James vowed to come out more aggressive in Game 2. He showed he was a man of his word. Right out the gates, the Wine and Gold exploded for 38 first-quarter points while holding the newly-championed Most Improved Player, Jimmy Butler, and the Chicago Bulls to just 18 points — a feat which marked the largest point differential in franchise history. It was a steep climb from there and would ultimately prove to be insurmountable for the Bulls.
The NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals is now split one game apiece. It is back to the drawing board for Tom Thibodeau and company as they head home for Game 3 Friday night.
Will Joakim Noah‘s stifling defensive play shut down James’ fearless penetration to the cup? Can the Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose duo recreate their dominant Game 1 pick-and-pop performance? There are many questions that remain uncertain, but one thing is for sure, numbers never lie.
When James has clipped the 30-point plateau over his playoff career, his teams have gone a staggering 55-16. If the Cavaliers superstar is capable of turning in another 30-point performance, it could be bad news for the Bulls.
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