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Eastern Conference Playoffs Round 1 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls - Game 3

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Cavs Lead Series 2-0
April 22, 2010
United Center
7:00PM 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 continued their fifth straight and 18th overall postseason appearance with a 112-102 victory over Chicago, giving the team a 2-0 in the first round series. The Cavs have never lost a playoff series after winning the first two games (6-0). After playing Chicago in five different playoff series (‟88,‟89,‟92,‟93, "94), this is the first time the Cavs have led 2-0 against the Bulls. In a seven-game series, a team that takes a 2-0 lead wins the series 93.7% of the time (209-14).

2. Cleveland has now won 18 of their last 22 games in the First Round and improved to 66-73 (.475) all-time in the playoffs, including 45-25 (.643) at home in the playoffs. The Cavs have won 11 of their last 12 postseason games at The Q. Since the 2006 postseason, the Cavaliers are 24-7 (.774) at home, which is tied for the most home wins in the NBA playoffs over that span with the Los Angeles Lakers (24-5, .828).

3. After protecting their home court advantage, the Cavaliers are on the next challenge, winning on the road in the playoffs. As the team travels to Chicago for Game 3, they will be facing the Bulls, who are an NBA-best 107-35 (.754) in home playoff games all-time. The Cavaliers will try to win a playoff game in Chicago for only the third time in 13 games in franchise history (2-10, .200). Cleveland has split the season series at The United Center in each of the last two seasons.

BONUS - In Game 2, LeBron James led four Cavaliers in double figures with 40 points on 16-23 (.696) shooting, eight rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. James scored 22 points in the second half, including 15 points in the fourth quarter. It was his 10th career playoff 40-point game (fifth time in his last 10 playoff games), as well as his second playoff game with at least 40 points, eight assists and eight rebounds (47 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists versus Atlanta on May 9, 2009). James' .696 field goal percentage was the best shooting percentage in any of the 62 NBA playoff games in which he has played. It was only the second game in NBA history that a player scored 40-or-more points with at least eight rebounds, at least eight assists, and a field-goal percentage of at least 69 percent, joining Phoenix‟s Charles Barkley versus the Seattle Sonics in the 1993 Western Conference Finals had 43 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists on 16-22 shooting (.727).