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Eastern Conference Playoffs Round 1 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls - Game 4

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Cavs Lead Series 2-0
April 25, 2010
United Center
3:30PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / ABC
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 continues their fifth straight and 18th overall postseason appearance with a 2-1 series advantage over the Chicago Bulls, as the team looks to defeat Chicago for the first time in six playoff matchups all-time. Cleveland has won 18 of their last 23 games (.783) in the First Round and improved to 66-74 (.471) all-time in the playoffs, including 45-25 (.643) at home in the postseason.

2. After protecting their home court advantage, the Cavaliers are on the road against the Bulls, who are an NBA-best 108-35 (.755) in home playoff games all-time, seeking their third win of the series and trying to win a playoff game in Chicago for only the third time in 14 games in franchise history (2-11). Cleveland is 2-2 (.500) all-time in Game 4's of best-of-seven series when holding a 2-1 lead after three games, but have won all four series.

3. 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). The team has also 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 tied for the best in the NBA, with Portland.

BONUS - In Game 3, LeBron James led three Cavaliers in double figures with 39 points (13 in the fourth quarter), 10 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals. James was just two assists shy of recording his fifth career postseason triple-double. Only Jason Kidd has registered more triple-doubles in the postseason among active players. James leads the NBA in the playoff scoring at 34.3 points on .574 shooting, which ranks 7th, while averaging a near triple-double with 8.0 rebounds and is tied for seventh in assists at 7.0 apg.