2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
Cavs Lead Series 2-1
May 9, 2010
TD Banknorth Garden
Radio - WTAM 1100 / ABC
3-in the Key
1. Cleveland continues their fifth straight Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance and 18th overall postseason appearance as the only team to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in each of the last five years. The Cavaliers are one of the most experienced postseason teams in games played since the 2006 NBA Playoffs with a league-high 68 postseason games played in that span, which leads all NBA teams with the Los Angeles Lakers ranking second.
2. With the Cavaliers winning Game 3 against the Celtics, Cleveland is 70-75 (.483) all-time in the playoffs, including 47-26 (.644) at home (27-13, .675) at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers have won 13 of their last 15 postseason games at The Q and two consecutive playoff games on the road. Since the 2006 postseason, the Cavs are 26-8 (.765) at home. The 26 wins is the second most home wins in the playoffs and only trail the Los Angeles Lakers (28-5, .848) over that span
3. In wins after their two losses this postseason, Cleveland has bounced back with big wins including a 23-point win at Chicago in Game 4 of the first round and a 29-point win at Boston in Game 3. The team has shot .532 and .595 in each game, respectively, with LeBron James leading the way with 37 points and 38 points, respectively.
BONUS - Cleveland set three postseason team records in the Game 3 win, which was the second time the team won on the road against the Celtics in 13 tries. The 29 points were the largest margin for a road victory in the playoffs all-time for the Cavs while also representing Boston's worst playoff home loss in franchise history. The team's 124 points (previous - 123 points at Boston 4/18/95) and .595 field goal percentage (previous - .590 vs. Boston 5/17/92) were both franchise postseason-bests.
BONUS #2 -- LeBron James set two other individual records in leading six Cavaliers in double-figures with 38 points on 14-22 (.636) shooting including 2-3 (.667) from behind the arc and 8-9 (.889) from the free-throw line, eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal. His 21 points in the first quarter was a franchise playoff record (previous - 19 by Daniel Gibson versus Detroit on 6/2/07). His 28 points in the first half surpassed his own playoff record of 26 points versus Orlando on 5/20/09. Only one other visiting player in NBA history has reached those levels in those three categories in a postseason game in Boston (Oscar Robertson had 43 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cincinnati Royals in win over March 28, 1963.