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Playoffs roundup: Cavaliers Sweep the Pistons

LeBron, Cavaliers complete sweep of Pistons
Cavaliers 99 at Pistons 78

LeBron James made 3-pointers from every angle, drove into the lane for dunks and leaned into low post moves. He was just getting warmed up – 2 hours before tipoff – and his regular routine provided another demonstration of greatness. James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, sweeping the Eastern Conference first-round series.

It was just the third time in NBA history a team has swept a first-round series by winning every game by double figures, the others being the 1980 Boston Celtics and 2004 Indiana Pacers.

The Cavaliers will now wait for the winner of the Atlanta Hawks-Miami Heat series, which the Heat lead, 2-1, heading into Monday night’s Game 4 in Miami.

Bulls beat Celtics to tie series in double OT
Celtics 118 at Bulls 121

Another playoff thriller between Chicago and Boston, and this one went to the Bulls. Ben Gordon scored 22 points, hitting the tying 3-pointer in the first overtime, and the Bulls beat the Celtics 121-118 in double overtime Sunday to tie their first-round series at two games apiece. The teams split two tight games in Boston, before the Celtics blew out the Bulls in Game 3. This time, they stretched the drama into a second overtime. Derrick Rose added 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

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Turkoglu’s three put Magic on top to tie series 2-2
Magic 84 at 76ers 81

Hedo Turkoglu answered the Philadelphia 76ers’ late-game heroics with a big shot of his own. Turkoglu nailed a 3-pointer over Thaddeus Young with 1.1 seconds to lift the Orlando Magic to an 84-81 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and every Magic starter scored in double figures. Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each scored 17. Andre Miller led the Sixers with 17 and Young had 15.

Rockets down blazer to take 3-1 lead.
Trail Blazers 88 at Rockets 89

Yao Ming would rather not think about how close the Houston Rockets are to finally escaping the first round of the playoffs. Yao had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Rockets took a 3-1 lead in their playoff series with Portland, beating the Trail Blazers 89-88 on Sunday night. Luis Scola scored 17 points and Shane Battier added 14 points and six assists for the Rockets, who snapped a six-game losing streak in Game 4s, coinciding with their 0-6 record in first-round series since 1998.

Bring out the brooms

Ok,so when your entire starting backcourt (Mo Williams, Delonte West) goes 1-18, scores 4 points combined and you still win by 11 points what do you think will happen when they pour in 36 (Mo 24, Delonte 12)? Answer- a 21 point 99-78 victory to complete the clean sweep of the Detroit Pistons. Yet another testament to coach Mike Brown and his diligent work because he had the Cavaliers fine tuned and ready to perform Sunday afternoon.

Though the box score shows an impressive 21 point margin of victory, the entire game had the feel of a 40 point beat down. Kobe Bryant should be watching his clock and counting down the seconds left because LeBron James is closing in on,if he’s not already there, the title of the NBA’s best player.

James torched Detroit with 36 points 13 rebounds and 8 assists. “You’re only born with a certain amount of gifts,” he said. “You have to take advantage of them, and put in the work. My work ethic has helped me be the player I am today.”

He was hitting 3’s from all over the floor, driving the lane for dunks, and barely missed hitting his head on the rim when he skied for a swat that sent the ball in the second row. Plus today it wasn’t only James making noise, the Cavalier starters went from 49 points last game to 86.

This win puts the Cavs in pretty good company being only the third team in NBA history to sweep a series and have double digit victories in all four games(1980 Celtics 2004 Pacers). Cleveland now gets to sit back and play spectator as they await their round two opponent in either Atlanta or Miami.

Playoffs roundup: Cavaliers put away Pistons, take 3-0 lead

Cavaliers near sweep, put away Pistons with late run:
(Cavaliers 79 at Pistons 68)

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the Detroit Pistons’ inspired effort moot. James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Cavaliers to a 79-68 victory Friday night and a 3-0 lead in the first-round series. The Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by one of their players, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James. He had an alley-oop slam midway through the fourth quarter during an 18-2 run that started after the sixth tie of the game.

Sixers stun Magic again on late layup
(Magic 94 at 76ers 96
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Thaddeus Young started his drive to the basket and was thinking pass, only to alter his plans because he nearly lost the ball. Instead of an assist or even worse, a turnover, Young made the biggest shot of his life. Young’s driving layup with 2 seconds left lifted Philadelphia to a 96-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night, giving the 76ers a surprising 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. “It was the biggest shot ever for me,” Young said.

Rockets hold on for pivotal Game 3 win, take 2-1 lead
(Trail Blazers 83 at Rockets 86
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The Houston Rockets got away with another quiet night from Yao Ming because they forced Brandon Roy into one, too. Luis Scola scored 19 points and the Rockets bottled up Roy in an 86-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night that gave Houston a 2-1 lead in the first-round series. Yao scored only seven points on 2-for-7 shooting, but Shane Battier scored 16 points as Houston beat the Blazers for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings at the Toyota Center.

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