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Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

"Our challenge now is to go to Cleveland and play better. Get ready to compete, get ready for Game 3." - Coach Bud

LeBron: Passing is key

After racking up 11 assists, the Cavs star said, "The first day I ever picked up a basketball in an organized setting, my little league coach Frank Walker told me that team is bigger than any individual."


Sorry, Knicks fans

Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov -- all former Knicks -- combined for 35 points in the Cavaliers' Game 2 win, after posting 42 in Game 1.


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

The Cavs' offensive rebound rate (25.5%) was only league average tonight. It was their defensive rebounding (83.7%) that was great.

David Blatt on LeBron James

"I have a good vocabulary, but I'm running out of superlatives for that guy. I'll let you come up with some."

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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

LeBron 2 wins from 5th straight Finals. That's w/o healthy Kyrie, no Love and no longer Wade, Bosh or Riley. That's just getting it done.

Hawks pick bad time for skid

Atlanta was 35-6 at home during the regular season and didn't lose back-to-back home games at any point -- until the first two games of the conference finals.


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Going online now: ESPN sources say Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in Pels' coaching job and under consideration for post. Link on way

Thompson's big block wiped out

TNT's Chris Webber said: "That looked like one of the best blocks I've seen." The refs saw it differently and called a foul on Tristan Thompson. Agree? Disagree? Watch and decide.


LeBron goes behind-the-back

LeBron James finished Game 2 with 11 assists, none prettier than this fancy dish to Iman Shumpert for an open 3.


LeBron is the King of Atlanta

LeBron James is now 6-0 in his career against the Hawks in the playoffs, and is averaging 32.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 6.8 APG in those wins.


Cavs take commanding lead

LeBron James matched Jerry West with his 74th career 30-point playoff game and the Cavs held the Hawks to 32 points in the second half to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Box score


No triple-double for LEBron

LeBron James has checked out with less than 3 minutes left, finishing with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. He comes up 1 rebounds shy of his first playoff triple-double since Game 6 of the 2013 Finals against the Spurs. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

The last NBA team to win a series after losing the first two games at home was Dallas over Houston in the 2005 first round.

Thompson beasting on the boards

Tristan Thompson has 16 rebounds, helping the Cavs take a 19-point lead with just over 5 minutes to play in Game 2. LeBron James has 29 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Cavs. Follow live


Okafor vs. Dog

Jahlil Okafor showed off his ball-handling skills by playing keepaway with a dog. Quite frankly, we're impressed with the dog's ability to cut off the driving lane.


Jeff Ma @jeffma

The cavs are now Lebron and a bunch of guys you don't want to play against in pickup for fear of injury

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Now Al Horford is being carried off the court by trainer Wally Blase and Mike Scott ... Then Horford finds his footing and walks himself off

Jalen Rose @JalenRose

Playing SF, Bron putting the smack down on the Hawks. Tristan/Mosgov size/effort is way too much. Cavs have all the answers to this test.

Cavs build big cushion

LeBron James has 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assits, and Cleveland has opened up an 18-point lead after the third quarter. The Cavs outscored the Hawks 30-17 in the third quarter. Follow live