AUBURN HILLS – LeBron James poured in 36 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers pounded the Detroit Pistons 99-78 on Sunday to complete a sweep of their Eastern conference quarter-final.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (R) drives against Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton during the first half of Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Auburn Hills, Michigan April 26, 2009. [Agencies]
Serenaded by chants of "MVP, MVP," a fired up James underlined his case for league honors with another tour de force performance, adding 13 rebounds and eight assists as the Cavaliers became the first team through to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
After six consecutive trips to the Eastern conference finals, the Pistons' playoff journey this season was an abbreviated one.
They were overwhelmed by the Cavaliers, who won the four games by an average of 15.5 points to claim just their second ever sweep of a best-of-seven series.