LeBron wasn't feeling too good on Sunday due to cold symptoms, but he still managed to lead the Cavs in scoring with 21 points as the Cavaliers defeated the New Jersey Nets 81-77 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The game was close the whole way, with over 15 lead changes. In the closing seconds, LeBron scored to give the Cavs a 4 point lead with 19 seconds, and then blocked Bostjan Nachbar's shot with 7 seconds left, which lead to a series of panic passes and a meaningless shot attempt by NJ that missed as time expired. One of the key moments in the game was when Jason Kidd stole the ball and had is easy lay-in attempt blocked by Sasha Pavlovic. The Cavs had 20 offensive rebounds and played great defense, which is no doubt to me the reason they won, because their shooting and passing was just plain shitty.
Larry Houghes had 17 points and Pavlovic had 15. Z and Gooden each had 14 rebounds, and 8 and 14 points respectively. Game 2 of the series is on Tuesday.
In Indians news, the Tribe broke out of a 2 game losing streak by beating Baltimore 9-6. Trot Nixon went 5-5 with 4 RBI, CC Sabathia got the W to go 5-0 on the season, and Borrowski got his 11th save. A crucial point i the game came in the 6th when with 1 outs and the bases loaded, CC battled and fanned Millar, and then Grady Sizemore made a diving catch to rob Corey Patterson of a would be 3 RBI double to end the inning. The Indians are now 18-10, and tied for 1st place with Detroit.