Basketball: Cavaliers close to winning series, Rockets prevail to stay in hunt

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Joakim Noah #13 and Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls in the first half during Game Five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Joakim Noah #13 and Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls in the first half during Game Five in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on May 12, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP

CLEVELAND (AFP) - LeBron James didn't let a sprained ankle slow him down as he played his best game of the post-season, scoring 38 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago 106-101 in game five of their play-off series.

James, who levelled the series at 2-2 with a buzzer-beating jump shot in game four, also tallied 12 rebounds and six assists on Tuesday for the Cavaliers who took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

In the late game, Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds and James Harden had a triple double as the Houston Rockets forced a game six with a 124-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.