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Box Score Breakdown for Sunday, April 23, 2017
Cavaliers Sweep Pacers
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers

By Joel Bartilotta

A first-round series sweep looked far from attainable from the Cavaliers headed into the playoffs with their struggles, but they did just that in impressive fashion. Free-throw shooting was the difference in this game, with Cleveland hitting 23-of-27 and the Pacers going just 10-of-17 from the charity stripe. Rebounding was also key, with Cleveland winning that battle, 48-42. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers, collecting 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Kyrie Irving accrued 28 points, and three blocks. Kevin Love went just 2-of-13 from the field to score five points, but still brought down a game-high 16 rebounds. Lance Stephenson led Indiana in scoring, as he provided 22 points, six rebounds and three assists off their bench. Myles Turner led the starters with 20 points and nine rebounds. Paul George accumulated 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Cleveland will have to wait for the Washington-Atlanta series to end to find out who their next opponent will be.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 1:38 PM ET

Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder

By Joel Bartilotta

Houston now have a commanding 3-1 series lead headed back home, as this was a devastating loss for Oklahoma City. Bench production carried the Rockets, as they got 64 points and 25 rebounds from their three bench players, while the Thunder got just 22 points and nine rebounds from their five bench players. Oklahoma City really killed themselves at the free-throw line, hitting just 18-of-32, while Houston shot 28-of-33. Nene Hilario led the way for Houston, as he went 12-of-12 from the field to provide 28 points and 10 rebounds off Houston's bench. Lou Williams and Eric Gordon scored 18 points a piece, also doing that damage off the Rockets bench. James Harden accrued 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double, collecting 35 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists and three steals. Steven Adams totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Andre Roberson amassed 13 points, four rebounds, two steals and five blocks.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM ET

Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Isaiah Thomas and the defense were successfully able to generate an encore to an outstanding Game 3 effort, with the star point guard scoring a game-high 33 points and supplementing them with seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and Boston limiting the Bulls (2-2) to a 42.1 percent success rate from the field and 20.8 percent from three-point range. Gerald Green drew another start and followed Thomas with 18 points and seven rebounds. Al Horford posted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double. Jae Crowder totaled 11 points, while Kelly Olynyk's 10 points led the bench. Jimmy Butler matched Thomas shot for shot, pouring in 33 points and adding nine assists. Nikola Mirotic was second with 13 points. Isaiah Canaan led the bench by matching Mirotic's scoring total. Dwyane Wade turned in 11 points, while Robin Lopez supplied eight.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 6:39 PM ET

Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz

By Oscar Heanue

It was an interesting night for the Jazz on Sunday, as they saw sparse minutes from their star players but still earned the win. All-Star forward Gordon Hayward was held to just nine minutes thanks to a bout of food poisoning, while center Rudy Gobert played only 24 minutes in his first game back from a knee injury. Gobert still managed to log 15 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks in his limited time on the floor. Veteran forward Joe Johnson, meanwhile, stepped up in Hayward's absence. Johnson led the team with 28 points and shot 12-of-17 from the field. Forward Derrick Favors added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting as well. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was without All-Star big man Blake Griffin. Superstar Chris Paul had enough production for two, however, nearing a triple-double with 27 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. Sixth man Jamal Crawford added 25 points off the bench. The duo's offensive output was not enough to spark a victory, however.

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 9:04 PM ET