Dave McMenamin @mcten
Natalie Merchant's "These are days to remember" is playing on the radio of one of the workers in The Q as I walk out at 3:52 am. Sure are.
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
I wouldn't take the Cavs lightly as a Finals opponent. Defended like crazy in the playoffs + got those 3s up
"I felt like it was mind over matter -An exhausted LeBron James, who finished Game 3 with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists despite suffering in-game injuries. [Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]
Milestone night for LeBron James
On Sunday night, LeBron James ...
- Passed Jason Kidd for second-most playoff triple-doubles (12).
- Tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third-most 30-point playoff games (75).
- Passed Karl Malone for sixth on career playoff points list (4,782).
LeBron leads Cavs to victory
LeBron James missed his first 10 shots of the game. Then he took over, finishing with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and a pair of clutch baskets in overtime to lead the Cavaliers to a win and a commanding 3-0 lead in the conference finals.
LeBron serves up a facial
Before he was limping in overtime, LeBron James was leaping in regulation, throwing down this massive dunk over a pair of Hawks defenders.
Horford ejected in Hawks' loss
Al Horford was ejected late in the first half for throwing an elbow at Matthew Dellavedova. Horford said after the game: "I did think he went at me, but I should've handled it better. I shouldn't have got caught up in that."
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron literally dropped the mic at the end of that press conference. Although I think it was unintentional
LeBron looking ahead to Game 4
"Our coaching staff will give us a game plan, and it's up to us to go out and execute it. ... If we come in with our defensive mindset that we've had the whole playoffs so far, we'll have a chance to advance."
Horford on Dellavedova
Al Horford said of the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova: "He's a player that plays hard, but there's gotta be a line at some point. ... He's gotta learn that at the end of the day it's a big brotherhood here, guys look out for each other."
LeBron on cramping issues
LeBron James, when asked if his troubles tonight were similar to the ones he experienced in Game 1 of the Finals last year: "It's the same thing. I played to exhaustion. I play hard and I give my teammates and I give myself as much as I can give, and sometimes the body shuts down at times."
Dellavedova on Horford ejection
Matthew Dellavedova when asked about Al Horford's comments that he has a "track record" of dangerous plays: "I would disagree with that. I was boxing him out and you can see from the baseline view he's pulling my left arm down."
LeBron on exhausting Game 3 win
"I gave it everything I had tonight. My teammates did. ... It's a huge win for our team."
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
David Blatt is the 4th coach in NBA history to win 11 of his first 13 playoff games. Steve Kerr also did it this postseason.
Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
All 3 officials plus alternate, who consulted on headset during review, supported Al Horford's ejection per a league source.