CLEVELAND-- The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls, 106-101, at Quicken Loans Arena, Tuesday night, in Game 5.
LeBron James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for the victory to take a 3-2 lead in their testy Eastern Conference semifinal.
Showing no ill effects from a sprained left ankle, James, who added 12 rebounds, six assists and didn't have a turnover in 41 minutes, ensured the Cavs will again play at home this season.
They can wrap up the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday night back at United Center in Chicago, where the teams exchanged buzzer-beating victories last weekend.
The drama wasn't quite as high in Game 5, but it was close and it was intense.
Jimmy Butler scored 29 and Mike Dunleavy 19 for Chicago. Derrick Rose scored 16, 12 in the first quarter, but shot just 2 of 15 in the final three quarters.
It was a game that saw it all, including Bulls' Taj Gibson being ejected for kicking Matthew Dellavedova.