LeBron lifts Cavaliers

LeBron James scored 40 points and took over in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by a rabid home crowd that booed every move by Chicago's Joakim Noah, maintained home-court advantage by beating the Bulls, 112-102, to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference playoffs Monday night.

James added eight rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who led 96-93 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds remaining before the expected 2009-10 league MVP decided to dominate.

James dropped a 3-pointer that he capped with a quick dance move and wink toward Chicago’s bench, made two free throws, a layup and two more jumpers, scoring 11 points in a row as Cleveland opened a 107-98 lead with 1:36 to play.

Noah, who criticized Cleveland’s lack of downtown activity, scored 25 points.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Chicago.


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