December 22, 2014
LeBron James earned a break.
James had 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, sweeping the Eastern Conference first-round series.
The top-seeded Cavs might be off for more than a week, waiting for Atlanta or Miami to advance.
Detroit, meanwhile, will have its longest offseason since 2001 and about $20 million in salary-cap space to rebuild a once-proud team.
James made his first four shots - including a windmill dunk. He helped put the Pistons away for good with a 16-6 run midway through the third quarter.
Mo Williams scored a career playoff-high 24 for the Cavs.
Detroit's Antonio McDyess had 26 points, tying a career playoff high.
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