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The NBA Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team play in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division as part of the National Basketball Association. They are based out of Cleveland, Ohio and their home games are played at Quicken Loans Arena (which used to be called Gund Arena).
In 1970, the Cavaliers joined the NBA as an expansion team. During the 1975-76 season, the Cavaliers won their first division title and made their first playoff appearance. The Boston Celtics defeated them in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In 1986, Cleveland acquired Larry Nance, Ron Harper, Mark Price and Brad Daugherty and hired Lenny Wilkins as their head coach. During the following nine years, Cleveland made eight playoff appearances. In 1992, the Cavaliers made it into the Eastern Conference Finals, but were defeated by the Chicago Bulls.
Following the 2002-03 season, Cleveland had the number one NBA Lottery draft pick. They selected LeBron James, a local high school phenom. In 2005, the Cavaliers appeared in the playoffs for the first time since 1998. In 2006-07, the Cavaliers went 50-32. Cleveland made it all the way into the NBA Finals but were swept 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs. In 2008-09, the Cavaliers went 66-16, which was the franchise’s best all-time record and a 39-2 home record. LeBron James was the NBA’s MVP. They once again returned to the NBA Finals, but were defeated by the Orlando Magic. LeBron James won his second consecutive NBA MVP award in 2009-10, but the Cavaliers were upset by the Celtics during the second round of the playoffs. In July 2010, LeBron James signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, ending the James-era in Cleveland.