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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cavs vs. Bulls, Game 1

at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cavs lead series, 1-0)
Eastern Conference first round
Game 2 is at 8 p.m. Monday

WHAT HAPPENED: The biggest difference in the game was the Cavs' dominance on the boards. The Bulls led the league with an average of 44.5 rebounds per game during the regular season.

In Game 1, the Cavs outrebounded them, 50-38.

The Cavs' big-man rotation of Shaquille O'Neal, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were overwhelming against the Bulls.

It was even more magnified when Bulls center Joakim Noah got in foul trouble. That put a huge burden on Brad Miller, who is more of a perimeter shooter.

The Cavs also blocked 12 shots, including a Cavs playoff record 10 in the second half.

The Cavs never really slowed down Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who led all scorers with 28 points. But he was 13 of 28 from the field. The Cavs said they could live with that.

The Cavs regained their edge on defense and held the Bulls to 43 percent shooting.

NOTES: Saturday was the Cavs' first victory in a Game 1 vs. Chicago in franchise history (1-5 lifetime).

-- The Cavs have won 10 of their last 11 postseason games at The Q.

-- LeBron James has posted 21 consecutive postseason games with 20 or more points.

-- It was Shaquille O'Neal's 204th career playoff game, most among active players.

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Taj Gibson (6-9, 225)
C Shaquille O'Neal (7-1, 325) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-3, 190)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)
Cavs – G Danny Green, G Sebastian Telfair, F Leon Powe.
Bulls - G Devin Brown, F Joe Alexander, F Rob Kurz.
Eddie F. Rush, Bob Delaney, John Goble


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