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Eastern Conference Playoffs Round 1 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
Cavs Lead Series 1-0
April 19, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
8:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TNT/FSOhio
Probable starters:
Derrick Rose PG Mo Williams
Kirk Hinrich SG Anthony Parker
Luol Deng SF LeBron James
Taj Gibson PF Antawn Jamison
Joakim Noah C Shaquille O'Neal

3-in the Key

1.Cleveland opened their fifth straight and 18th overall postseason appearance with a 96-83 victory, giving the team a 1-0 lead over Chicago. The Cavs are 10-19 all-time in Game 1s of the playoffs (7-10 in Game 1s of the First Round all-time), but has won 17 of their last 21 games and won their last six First Round games by at least 11 points. The team has won all seven (7-0) of its previous best-of-seven playoff series in which it won Game 1 and is 9-0 all-time (current franchises only), which is best in the NBA. The only NBA team with a better record in best-of-seven series after winning Game 1 is Portland (8-0). Saturday was the Cavs' first victory in a Game 1 versus Chicago in franchise history (1-5) as the team looks to defeat Chicago for the first time in six playoff matchups all-time.

2. Cleveland improved to 65-73 (.471) all-time in the playoffs, including 44-25 (.638) at home in the playoffs. The team has won 10 of their last 11 postseason games at The Q and since the 2006 postseason, the Cavaliers are 23-7 (.767) at home, which is the tied for the most home wins in the NBA playoffs over that span with the Los Angeles Lakers (23-5, .821).

3. On Saturday, four Cavaliers scored in double figures led by LeBron James, who had 24 points on 9-19 (.474) shooting, six rebounds, five assists and a postseason career-high four blocks. James has now posted 21 straight playoff games with at least 20 points, the NBA’s longest streak. In that span (began 5/8/08), he has averaged 33.0 pts, 8.1 rebs, 7.2 assts, 1.8 stls and 1.1 blks. His 1,785 points is the highest total of any player since he made his first playoff appearance in 2006.