The second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers have swept the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs after Cleveland won game four 106-102 on Sunday afternoon. That series win made history for Cavaliers superstar and NBA legend LeBron James. He became the only player to have 10 playoff series sweeps, after passing a retired Tim Duncan (9).
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LeBron had a stellar first round performance, playing with focus, grit, and determination. In the four games he averaged 32.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 2.0 blocks, 2.7 steals, shot 55.2 percent from the field, and played 43.3 minutes a game. It’s safe to say that the 32-year-old forward dominated this short series.
During game three, Cleveland gave up 75 points in the first half and at one time trailed the Pacers by 26 points. In the second half James took over and won the game almost single-handedly. There was a lot more to it than that; Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were both struggling and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue left them on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. LeBron finished game three with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists.
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After an incredible individual series, James had the following to say on his teammates, via TheGuardian.com:
“I just try to put myself in position to help my team-mates win no matter who’s on the floor with me,” James said. “I just don’t settle for being not as great as I can be. The only thing that matters is [winning] that’s what I’m here for.”
It was not an easy series for Cleveland, all four games were close contests and some outcomes could have been different had the Pacers shot’s fell in the clutch. The matchup between LeBron and Paul George was a great one, but as always ‘King James’ won that battle. It took a focused Cavaliers group to get the four game sweep against a good Indiana team.
“That was a tough team,” LeBron said of the Pacers after the Cavs 106-102 win in Indiana. “We knew that coming into the series. They had the coach of the month and they had the player of the month. So we knew we had something to deal with. But we locked in. We locked into our schemes, our coaching staff gave us a great game plan going into every game and we just executed.” Via (CBS Sports)
The second round of the playoffs will feature the Cavaliers and the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks series. Cleveland will enjoy a few extra days of rest as a result of their triumph over Indiana. They’re also hoping that the Chicago Bulls will upset the Boston Celtics, which would give the Cavaliers home court advantage for the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.