The Cleveland Cavaliers are the first team in the NBA to advance to the third round after crushing the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night in Chicago to win their series 4-2. Matthew Dellavedova led the way with 19 points while Kyrie Irving sat most of the game nursing an injury.
Poor showings in the second and early in the fourth quarter sunk the Bulls. The Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by more than 20 points for a prolonged stretch.
Cleveland returns to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since the 2008-09 season. They lost that series to the Orlando Magic in six games. For LeBron James, 2015 marks the fifth consecutive year he has played in the conference final, dating back to his time with the Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers await the winner of the Washington Wizards/Atlanta Hawks series. Atlanta leads the series 3-2 and Game 6 goes down in the nation’s capital on Friday night.
The second round could last all the way until Monday, so it is likely Cleveland will have to wait until next week to begin the second half of their playoff run. The Cavs will have home-court advantage over the Wizards, but would have to travel to Atlanta for a Game 1.