Sunday, April 28, 2013
By the numbers: A Heat sweep
By Alvin Anol, ESPN Stats & Information
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LeBron James dominated the Bucks as the Heat advanced with ease.
Let's go stat by stat through the notable numbers of the Miami Heat's sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks
8-- It has been eight years since the Heat last swept a playoff series, sweeping the Nets (first round) and Wizards (Eastern Conference semfinals) in the 2005 playoffs. This was the fourth series sweep in Heat history.
Eight also represents the number of first-round series in which LeBron James has played, as well as the number he's won.
And it also is their current postseason win streak. They've won eight straight postseason games twice-- having previously done so in 2005.
85.3-- The Heat allowed 85.3 points per game to the Bucks. Miami held Milwaukee to 77 points in the series clincher, the 5th time the Heat have held a team to fewer than 80 in a playoff game since the Big 3 came together
14-- James took over as the primary ballhandler with 9:25 left in Game 4. The Heat immediately went on a 14-5 run, which upped their lead to 14 points.
62.7-- James shot 62.7 percent from the field. Of the 98 points James scored in the series, 58 came inside the paint.
37-- James led the Heat in points, rebounds, and assists in the Game 4 win. It's the 37th time he's led in all three in a postseason game. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the next-most, by any player is 25, by Larry Bird.
16.5-- Ray Allen averaged 16.5 points per game in the series. That is nearly six points higher (10.9) than his average during the regular season. Allen was 13-for-28 from 3-point range.
3-- Elias also notes that the Heat became the third defending champ to win their first four playoff games by double figures, joining the 1985-86 Los Angeles Lakers and 1989-90 Detroit Pistons.