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Cavs spurred by Noah-razzing fans

Cavs 28 24 25 35 112
Bulls 22 28 27 25 102
Cavaliers lead series 2-0

CLEVELAND — The Cavs made sure Joakim Noah went home without having any fun.

LeBron James scored 40 and took over in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers, fueled by a rabid home crowd that booed every move by Noah, maintained homecourt advantage by beating the Bulls 112-102 on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

The Cavs led 96-93 with 4:30 left when James hit a 3-pointer over Noah that he capped with a dance move and wink toward Chicago's bench. Then he made two free throws, a layup and two jumpers, scoring 11 straight as Cleveland opened a 107-98 lead with 1:36 left.

"In Game 1, I was very hesitant and trying to feel out the defense too much," James said. "They were giving me the jump shot, and I just wasn't taking it. I watched a lot of film … and knew as soon as I caught it they would back up and I could get an opportunity to shoot a jumper. I just had to take it."

Noah, the former Gator who criticized the city's lack of downtown fun — "You think Cleveland's cool? I never heard anybody say I'm going to Cleveland on vacation" — had 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Noah didn't make much of the incessant booing. "My whole life I've been booed," he said. "College I was booed a lot. Boston they don't like me over there. They don't like me here, either. It's okay. I have my friends."

CHICAGO (102): Deng 7-15 5-5 20, T.Gibson 5-7 1-1 11, Noah 10-18 5-5 25, Rose 10-24 3-4 23, Hinrich 2-8 0-0 5, Miller 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Murray 5-14 2-2 14. Totals 41-93 16-17 102.

CLEVELAND (112): James 16-23 6-6 40, Jamison 6-12 1-1 14, O'Neal 2-4 4-4 8, M.Williams 2-8 8-8 12, Parker 3-5 0-0 9, Varejao 3-5 1-2 7, Ilgauskas 1-2 1-2 3, West 3-7 1-1 7, Moon 4-5 0-0 12, Hickson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-71 22-24 112.

3-Point GoalsChicago 4-13 (Murray 2-6, Deng 1-2, Hinrich 1-3, Miller 0-2), Cleveland 10-20 (Moon 4-5, Parker 3-5, James 2-4, Jamison 1-3, West 0-1, M.Williams 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 43 (Noah 13), Cleveland 43 (James 8). AssistsChicago 25 (Rose 8), Cleveland 24 (James 8). Total FoulsChi. 19, Clev. 19. A20,562.

Celtics-Heat: With Kevin Garnett suspended for tonight's game for throwing an elbow at Quentin Richardson in the opener, Boston will be without one of its best passers and defenders. But the Heat expects a tough game.

"KG didn't play all 48 minutes the other night," Miami's Dwyane Wade said. "So with KG being out it brings a different game, a different style; it doesn't make it easier."

Lakers-Thunder: Coach Phil Jackson wants a better sustained effort from his Lakers. He got it for one quarter in the opener as L.A. shot 54 percent, then it lost energy the rest of the way but won. "We have to have good court balance, take good shots so that their run-out opportunities aren't available to them or they're more difficult than they've been," he said.

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