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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James talks with a teammate in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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LeBron James playing in big games equals even bigger ratings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Game 7 matchup with the Indiana Pacers delivered the highest-rated first-round playoff game in more than 14 years, per ESPN’s Ben Cafardo. ESPN’s Darren Rovell noted the last first-round game that drew a higher rating was a 2004 matchup between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

That Lakers team featured a peak-feuding Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, along with Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone.

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