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In the playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Pistons in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. James averaged 32.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists in the series and became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a postseason series. At the end of the last game, in which he tallied 36 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists on 16-17 free throw shooting, there were MVP chants for him in The Palace of Auburn Hills. In the next series, James once again led his team to a sweep against the Hawks. On May 22, during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, James attempted and successfully made a game winning three-point shot over Türkoglu, giving the Cavs a 96–95 victory to tie the series 1–1. Following losses in both games 3 and 4, James and the rest of the Cavs scored a victory in Game 5, making it 3–2, to send the series back to Orlando. In Game 6, he scored a playoff low 25 points and the Cavaliers lost the series to Orlando.
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