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Cleveland rocks into Finals with Game 4 rout

LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season after his Cavs completed a sweep of the Hawks with an overpowering effort in the clincher.

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Lowe: Rebirth of the NBA post-up game

While the efficiency of the 3-pointer and the pick-and-roll have dominated NBA offenses, an old standard is making a quiet and effective comeback, Zach Lowe writes.

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Seattle arena investor: No hockey-first plan yet

The investor attempting to build a new basketball and hockey arena in Seattle says his group has yet to be presented with a plan that would have a hockey franchise as the first occupant..

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Young and hungry?

Is James Young ready to fight for a rotation role in his sophomore season?

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Lakers begin pre-draft workout process

The Lakers kicked off what's expected to be a weeks-long evaluation process ahead of the June 25 NBA draft.

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Cavs sweep Hawks, ride brooms to Finals

The Cavaliers completed the sweep of the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, winning Game 4 118-88. LeBron James goes back to the Finals for the fifth consecutive time, the first player to do that since Bill Russell in 1966.

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Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

"I want to start by congratulating Cleveland and Coach Blatt. They deserved to win." - Coach Bud

Mozgov dunks over Atlanta

How bad was it for the Hawks? They couldn't find water if they fell out of a boat in the ocean. That coupled with Mozgov fumbling home an alley-oop spells a 30-point win for the Cavs.

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Bruce Bowen @Bowen12

5th consecutive finals for LBJ, glad to see a player living out his dream when soooo much has been placed upon his shoulders. #cominghome

LeBron James on his Cavs team

"We have everything it takes to win. We have grit, we have determination. ... We have the willingness to do what it takes."

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

The Cavs went 19-63, 21-45, 24-58 and 33-49 in their four seasons without LeBron James. In his first season back they're in the NBA Finals.

#PitinoGame: Goodbye, Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks became just the sixth 1-seed to be swept from the playoffs. But they still get Amin Elhassan's Pitino Game send off. Sadly, it does mean Sir Foster the organist departs with the Hawks.

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Final: Cavaliers 118, Hawks 88

For just the sixth time, a 1-seed has been swept from the playoffs. Cleveland controlled Game 4 from wire-to-wire as LeBron James returns to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year. Box score

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LeBron done for the night

LeBron James will finish the night with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, falling shy of his second triple-double in the series and just short of averaging a triple-double for the series against the Hawks. Follow live

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Played in 5 straight NBA Finals: Bill Russell, Sam & K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, Tom Heinsohn, Frank Ramsey, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman & LEBRON

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

LeBron five straight Finals. Jordan never did that. Magic never did that. Bird never did that. But James Jones has.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

With a Warriors win tomorrow night, the NBA will be guaranteed its 9th different team champion in the last 30 years.