27 Apr 2009

Cavs sweep into round two, Bulls and Magic even series

6:47 pm on 27 April 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers have swept into the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs while the reigning champions Boston remain locked in a dogfight with the Chicago Bulls.

LeBron James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 99-78 wijn over the Pistons in Detroit to close out their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series in four straight games.

Detroit had been in the conference finals the past six years, the longest longest such streak in the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers' run two decades ago.

The Cavaliers will now enjoy at least a week off as they await the winner of the series between Miami and Atlanta, which Miami lead 2-1.

In Chicago, the Bulls squeezed past the Celtics 121-118 in a double over-time thriller that evened their series at two games apiece.

And the Orlando Magic also pulled level at 2-2 against the 76ers with a close-run 84-81 victory at Philadelphia.