Cavs clinch number two playoff seed (Source: WOIO)
The Cavs clinched the Central Division title for the fourth time in program history and the number two playoff seed in the East with a 104-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Offensively, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James led with 27 and 21 respectively despite watching their lead dwindle away in the third quarter after a strong start in the first half.
James displayed his dominance early with two back-to-back highlight reel dunks, trucking down the middle of the lane. The first quarter saw strong offensive play from the Cavs as they capitalized on assists for most of their baskets, recording seven assists as a team on 11 total field goals.
The second quarter was a slower start, with the Cavs only scoring one field goal in the first 5:30 of play, but the offense began to heat up as the Cavs neared halftime. Irving and J.R. Smith would hit three three-pointers on consecutive possessions that gave the Cavs an 8 point lead as they headed into the locker room.
With fresh legs underneath them, Timofey Mozgov, James and Love came out of the gate strong with two consecutive dunks and a three pointer, respectively, to boost Cleveland's lead, 61-46. The Cavs would watch this 15 point deficit disappear, as the Bucks went on a 17-4 run to steal the lead away. A series of key jumpers by Smith would send the Cavs into the fourth quarter with a two point lead, 74-72.
Knowing what was on the line, the Cavs came into the final quarter with a highlight reel work of place. Tristan Thompson recorded a key and one play that gave the Cavs a four point lead. James would make it three points after a monster put-back dunk off of a Shumpert missed three-pointer. With just 15 seconds left in the game, James proved he has nothing but ice running through his veins by knocking down a three pointer on the right wing to put the Cavs up by five.
As far as playoffs are concerned, the only question left on Clevelanders' minds is who the Cavs will face in the first round.