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Cavs 114, Hawks 111 OT; Jason Lloyd's 37 thoughts on rings, Delly and LeBron's magnificent night

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 25, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: Thirty-seven thoughts for 37 points from LeBron James in a thrilling 114-111 overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals…

1. Before these playoffs began, before Kevin Love had his arm yanked out, Kyrie Irving’s knee gave out and Matthew Dellavedova became known as #DirtyDelly, LeBron James showed up to the Cavs’ first playoff practice with his two championship rings.

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Hawks' Al Horford cites 'track record' of Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova after ejection

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 25, 2015

By Marla Ridenour

CLEVELAND: Matthew Dellavedova's growing reputation as a dirty player -- deserved or not -- preceded him Sunday night.

And it seemed to play a part in another playoff entanglement, following his leg lock on the Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson in the conference semifinals and his collision with the Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver on Friday that left Korver with a postseason-ending ankle sprain.

This time in a scramble for a rebound with 34.3 seconds left in the first half at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavs' backup point guard Dellavedova tripped over the Hawks' DeMarre Carroll and fell in a heap with Atlanta's Al Horford. When he felt Dellavedova on his knees, Horford elbowed Dellavedova in the neck and shoulder area.

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson delivers in big moment

By George Thomas Published: May 25, 2015

CLEVELAND:  No one will read about double-digit rebounds regarding Tristan Thompson’s performance Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, one the Cavs won in overtime 114-111.  The Cavs now own a 3-0 lead in the series.

Though the numbers are respectable [10 points, seven rebounds], his contributions came down to two huge plays – one in regulation and a more significant one in the overtime.

Thompson, playing with five fouls since the 6:09 mark of the fourth quarter, worked as if he had no worries. In the overtime, he grabbed an offensive rebound with 36.9 seconds left on the clock and the Cavs trailing 111-109.  He found a wide-open LeBron James in the left corner of the court and James connected on his only three-point shot of six attempts on the night.

“When I got that rebound I was hoping I didn’t get pushed out of bounds like the last one [just moments before], but I stayed in bound,” he said. “Got my balance and looked for the open teammate and that was LeBron.”

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LeBron James' triple-double lifts Cavs to 114-111 OT win over Hawks; Cavs 1 win from Finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 24, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: When it was over, after LeBron James carried the Cavaliers within one victory of the Finals, he fell to his knees and dropped his head on the court. It may have been a made-for-Hollywood moment, but the game’s biggest star yet again shined the brightest on the game’s biggest stage.

Exhausted and injured, James shook off the worst playoff start in his career to score 37 points, grab 18 rebounds and pass for 13 assists in the Cavs’ 114-111 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland will go for the sweep at home Tuesday night.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers beat Hawks 114-111, take 3-0 lead in Eastern Conference Finals

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James put the finishing touches on his 12th triple-double in his NBA Playoffs career by swishing a 3-pointer, blocking a Jeff Teague shot and converting a layup as the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 114-111 in overtime.

A raucous sold-out Quicken Loans Arena crowd of 20,562 witnessed James total 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists.

The result gives the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead in Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland can eliminate Atlanta and advance to the NBA Finals with a victory in Game 4 on Tuesday.

James made the 3-point shot with 36.6 seconds to go in overtime, blocked the shot at 30.3 and scored the layup at 12.8.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers, Hawks tied at 104-104, Game 3 heads to overtime

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers and Hawks concluded the fourth quarter tied at 104-104, forcing a five minute overtime period.

LeBron James led all players with his 12th triple-double in his NBA Playoffs career by tallying 32 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. James played 42 of 48 minutes.

Jeff Teague scored consecutive baskets to give the Hawks a 104-100 lead with 1:38 to go. The Cavaliers drew even at 104-104 with 18.1 seconds to go after two free throws by James, a layup by Tristan Thompson and a free throw by Iman Shumpert.

Teague fired a 3-pointer just prior to the fourth quarter buzzer and missed.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Hawks 81-76 after three quarters in Game 3

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James needed just three quarters to accumulate enough points, rebounds and assists to record his 12th triple-double in his NBA Playoffs career.

James entered the fourth quarter with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Cavaliers were up by five points on the Hawks.

James ignited the Quicken Loans Arena crowd with a powerful right-hand dunk in the final moments of the third quarter. Prior to that, he mixed in some jumpers and nifty passes to help the Cavaliers overcome a one-point halftime deficit.

James also moved into sixth place in all-time points in the NBA Playoffs history.

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NBA Playoffs: Hawks lead Cavaliers 49-48 at halftime of Game 3

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Hawks clinged to a 1-point lead heading into halftime, but will face the challenge of holding the advantage in the second half without Al Horford.

Horford was ejected with 34.3 seconds to go in the second quarter after getting tangled up with Matthew Dellavedova of the Cavaliers.

Referees reviewed video of the play and saw Horford land an elbow to Dellavedova’s body as the two men hit the floor battling for a rebound. Horford received a Flagrant-2 foul and was tossed from the game. Dellavedova was issued a technical foul on the play.

The second quarter, much like the first quarter, was not pretty offensively for either team. The Cavs made just 15-of-47 from the field and 11-of-16 from the free throw line. The Hawks made 18-of-38 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.

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NBA Playoffs: Hawks lead Cavaliers 24-21 after one quarter in Game 3

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers overcame a slow start in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals to trail the Hawks by three points following one quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hawks jumped out to a 12-4 lead with 7:19 to go in the first quarter. Al Horford scored eight points during the spurt for Atlanta, which started 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Cleveland started 1-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line with Matthew Dellavedova scoring all four points.

The Hawks advantage reached nine points twice, 16-7 and 19-10. The Cavs creeped closer to conclude the quarter following a J.R. Smith layup, three free throws by James Jones and a 3-pointer by Dellavedova.

LeBron James went 0-for-9 from the field in the first quarter and was scoreless with five rebounds and two assists. James is playing in his 171st NBA Playoff game, and this was just the third time he did not score in the opening quarter.

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