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Eastern Conference Playoffs Round 1 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers - Game 5

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Cavs Lead Series 2-0
April 27, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
8:00PM 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 3-1 series advantage over Chicago, who the team is looking to defeat for the first time in six playoff matchups all-time. Cleveland has won 19 of their last 24 games (.792) in the First Round and improved to 67-74 (.475) all-time in the playoffs, including 45-25 (.643) at home in the postseason. With a win tonight, Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown (39-25, .609) will join only five other NBA coaches to have earned their 40th playoff win in only 65 games or less (Phil Jackson - 55, Johnny Kundla - 55, Pat Riley - 56, Billy Cunningham - 64, Chuck Daly - 65). Brown would be the fourth youngest behind Kundla, Riley and Cunningham.

2. Sunday's 121-98 win over Chicago in Game 4 was only the third time in 14 playoff road games Cleveland has won against the Bulls. The Cavs are 3-2 (.600) all-time in Game 4's of best-of-seven series when holding a 2-1 lead after three games, winning all four of the previous series. The team is 3-0 all-time in Game 5's at home and return to The Q having won 11 of their last 12 postseason games at The Q. Since the 2006 postseason, the Cavs are 24-7 (.774) at home, which is tied for the most home wins in the playoffs over that span with the Los Angeles Lakers (24-5, .828).

3. The Cavs have led a playoff series 3-1 three times in franchise history (2007 Round Two versus New Jersey and 2008 Round One versus Washington) and will look to close out a series for the first time in a Game 5 at home.

BONUS - In Game 4, LeBron James led five Cavs in double figures by registering his fifth postseason triple-double with 37 points on 11-17 (.647) shooting, including 6-9 (.667) from behind the arc and 9-10 (.900) from the charity stripe, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He became the only player in NBA since 1979-1980 when the three-pointer was introduced in the NBA to have at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while making at least six three-pointers in a playoff game. It was the second time in James' playoff career that he scored as many as 37 points while registering a triple-double (2009
ECF Game 5 versus Orlando - 37 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists). The only other player with two such postseason games in his career was Oscar Robertson (1963) while five others have done it once: Wilt Chamberlain (1967), Jerry West (1969), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1970), Larry Bird (1984) and Charles Barkley (1993). James has 33 career postseason 30-point playoff games (23-10, .697).