The Bulls started Game 5 on an 8-0 run before LeBron James muscled past Jimmy Butler for a lefty layup. He didn’t stop there as the Cavs came back to win the first period and take a 54-44 halftime lead in a crucial Game 5.
James had 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, an assist and steal. He wasn’t just scoring on 3-pointers, either. In fact, he attempted just one from beyond the arc and missed it. Instead, he got those 24 points by getting into the lane and taking advantage of the two fouls Jimmy Butler picked up.
Here he is slipping the screen and catching the feed for a pretty reverse layup:
Or splitting the high double-team and finishing with his left hand past Joakim Noah:
He intercepted a Rose pass for the dunk on the other end:
This pass to Mozgov didn’t lead to a bucket, and it’s a terrible angle, but trust us when we tell you it was just as impressive as any of his shots.
Then again, Jimmy played LeBron perfectly here, but well…
And here’s LeBron taking advantage of the distance Butler had to give him after the early foul trouble:
LeBron seems pretty determined to take Game 5 at home and a 3-2 lead in the series.