LeBron James had a miserable start and a memorable finish. As a result, the Cavaliers are one win away from their second NBA Finals trip in franchise history.
James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists after missing his first 10 shots and the Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime Sunday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. They will go for the sweep at home Tuesday night.
It was the Cavs’ second straight game without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who again sat with tendinitis in his left knee. They haven’t really needed him yet to beat the East’s top seed.
The Hawks had a chance to force a second overtime, but Shelvin Mack missed two 3-pointers in the game’s final seconds.
INDEPENDENCE: He knew this would be the biggest challenge of his career and it has been, but maybe for not the reasons LeBron James was intending. The Cavaliers enter Tuesday one victory away from an Eastern Conference championship and NBA Finals appearance regardless of the path taken.