1. LeBron does it all in Cavs' OT win
LeBron James dominated the flow of Game 3 with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
LeBron James ties Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 3rd-most 30-point games in NBA postseason history with 75. pic.twitter.com/RXwdwCV3Vi— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 25, 2015
2. Horford ejected after elbow
The Hawks, who are without Kyle Korver for the rest of the postseason, dug themselves a bigger hole when fellow All-Star Al Horford was ejected late in the first half after he threw an elbow at Matthew Dellavedova. Horford led the Hawks with 14 points at the time.
Horford said he thought Dellevedova - who also took out Korver - went at his leg. "There's got to be a line at some point," Horford said.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 25, 2015
3. James' first quarter leaves him out of gas
LeBron James ended the game battling cramps, and his slow start probably didn't help matters. James was 0-for-9 from the floor in the first quarter; it's the worst shooting quarter of his career. And it left LeBron with a lot of work to do.
LeBron James goes 0-for-9, which means we can anticipate pissed off, correctively-minded LeBron for 3 quarters.— Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) May 25, 2015
4. Mailman in the King's rearview
LeBron James entered Game 3 trailing Karl Malone by 16 points for sixth on the NBA's career postseason scoring list. With 37 points, he easily cleared that milestone and finished with 4,782 career playoff points. To quote Iman Shumpert: "LeBron played huge."
Next up: Tim Duncan, who leads James by 331 points.
5. Dunk of the night: It's the LeBron show
6. Teague thrives in Irving's absence
Kyrie Irving misses second straight game with knee tendinitis
Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova did an admirable job defensively in Kyrie Irving's place in Game 2, but Hawks point guard Jeff Teague was able to shake free in Game 3. Teague's effort fell just short of securing the Hawks a win, however.
Jeff Teague: 30 pts, 7 ast, 6 reb, 0 TO 1st Hawks player w/ 30 pts, 5 reb and 0 TO on the road in playoffs since Dominique Wilkins in 1988— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2015
7. No kidding around with triple-double
LeBron James: 12th career playoff triple-double Most Career Playoff Triple-Doubles Magic Johnson 30 LeBron James 12 (@EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2015
LeBron James broke a tie with Jason Kidd for the second-most triple-doubles in NBA playoff history, but he has a long way to go before he's even in the same ballpark as No. 1.
On back-to-back possessions, LeBron passed Jason Kidd on the playoffs triple-double list and Karl Malone on the playoffs scoring list.— Adam Reisinger (@AdamReisinger) May 25, 2015
8. Nothing but a sweep? So says Usher
Atlanta resident and pop superstar Usher was in Cleveland for Game 3, and he seemed pretty confident in what he saw out of LeBron James & Co.
Camera at #cavs game cut to Usher. Usher smiled to adoring crowd, waved one hand over the other & said, "It's done."— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 25, 2015
9. NBA players are off to the races
A video posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on
Game 3 between the Hawks and Cavaliers wasn't the only major sporting event on Sunday, and Indiana Pacers wing Paul George and Charlotte Hornets big man Cody Zeller took in the auto racing festivities across the country.
10. Cavs and Curry on a collision course
From ESPN Stats & Information: MVP winner Stephen Curry is in the midst of a potential sweep of the MVP runner-up, James Harden. The chances are high that he'll face LeBron James, who finished third in MVP voting, in the NBA Finals. It would be the first time in 30 years that the MVP winner played both the second- and third-place finishers in a single postseason.
And after the Warriors dispatched Anthony Davis' New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol's Memphis Grizzlies in the first and second rounds, Curry would be the first player in NBA history to face each of the other four members of the All-NBA first team in the same postseason.
BPI odds for a Cavs sweep now up to 71% pic.twitter.com/2RwcRq9ShC— Ben Alamar (@BenAlamar) May 25, 2015
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