LeBron James

Mark Duncan/AP PhotoLeBron James and the Cavaliers tried on their first NBA Finals berth.

Cleveland Shocks

LeBron James did it all in Game 5, but the Cavs' star wasn't the hero in Game 6. Rookie Daniel Gibson scored 31 points off the bench and was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers as Cleveland clinched its first NBA Finals berth with Saturday's 98-82 win. Story | Highlights ESPN Video | Discuss

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CAVS-PISTONS RESEARCH NOTES

• Pistons are 14-1 in any best-of-7 series when winning Game 1 at home, meanwhile the Cavaliers are 0-11 all-time in Game 1s on the road (worst in NBA history).

• The Pistons are making their fifth straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance. However, over the previous four seasons, they've reached the Finals just twice, and won the title just once, the fewest of the five teams that made at least five straight conference finals appearances since 1980.

• Flip Saunders reaches the Conference Finals for the 2nd straight year with Detroit. In eight playoff appearances with the Timberwolves, he advanced that far into the playoffs just once.

• LeBron James is one of just three players in postseason history to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game (minimum of 20 games). The other two players: Larry Bird and Walt Frazier.

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NBA PLAYOFF BRACKET
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PLAYER MATCHUPS

CAVALIERS PISTONS
L. HughesL. Hughes
Points: 14.9
Rebounds: 3.8
Assists: 3.7
PGC. BillupsC. Billups
Points: 17.0
Rebounds: 3.4
Assists: 7.2
S. PavlovicS. Pavlovic
Points: 9.0
Rebounds: 2.4
Assists: 1.6
SGR. HamiltonR. Hamilton
Points: 19.8
Rebounds: 3.8
Assists: 3.8
L. JamesL. James
Points: 27.3
Rebounds: 6.7
Assists: 6.0
SFT. PrinceT. Prince
Points: 14.3
Rebounds: 5.2
Assists: 2.8
D. GoodenD. Gooden
Points: 11.1
Rebounds: 8.5
Assists: 1.1
PFR. WallaceR. Wallace
Points: 12.3
Rebounds: 7.2
Assists: 1.7
Z. IlgauskasZ. Ilgauskas
Points: 11.9
Rebounds: 7.7
Assists: 1.6
CC. WebberC. Webber
Points: 11.2
Rebounds: 7.2
Assists: 3.1

TEAM STATS (Regular Season)

  CAVALIERS PISTONS
PPG 96.8 96.0
RPG 43.5 40.5
APG 20.8 21.6
FG% 44.728 45.373
FT% 69.573 77.414
3P% .352 .344

SEASON SERIES

Detroit leads 3-1
Dec 21, 2006 DET 87, @CLE 71Recap | Box Score
Feb 4, 2007 DET 90, @CLE 78Recap | Box Score
Mar 7, 2007 CLE 101, @DET 97Recap | Box Score
Apr 8, 2007 @DET 87, CLE 82Recap | Box Score

PLAYOFF HISTORY

CLE DET
Championships: 0 Championships: 3
Last Championship: N/A Last Championship: 2004
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference semifinals
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference finals

Injury Report

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

cle No recent injuries

DETROIT PISTONS

det No recent injuries

Traveling Call

Mavs ready to face music Being whistled for traveling is a good thing in the playoffs. Where will you be watching? From your couch? Or from the high-intensity confines of a postseason arena alongside thousands of other adrenaline-fueled hoops junkies?

Be There: Playoff Travel Guide