Notes, Stats and Trends: April 27, 2009
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Cavs 99, Pistons 78
The Cavaliers become the only team to sweep their series in the first round. The Cavaliers become just the third team to sweep a team by winning each game by a double-digit margin (1980 Celtics and 2004 Pacers). The also Cavaliers won their first round series for the 4th straight season and improve to 5-2 in games in which they can clinch a playoff series on the road under Mike Brown. (Prior to Brown's arrival, Cleveland clinched only one playoff series with a victory on the road, 1992 at New Jersey). LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 36 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. He finishes the series averaging 32.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists becoming just the third player in NBA history to average at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in a single postseason series (Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson are the others). LeBron has scored at least 20 points in 45 of his 50 career playoff games. James becomes just the 2nd player in NBA history to accumulate at least 1,300 points, 400 rebounds and 350 assists in his first 50 career postseason games (Oscar Robertson was the other).
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