#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 25, 2015

Game ball — Matthew Dellavedova, for (unintentionally) taking out Al Horford a game after he (unintentionally) took out Kyle Korver. Well, okay, LeBron James did pretty well, too, posting a jaw-dropping 37-18-13 line on the hapless Hawks to erect an historically insurmountable 3-0 series lead.


LeBron James crumples to the floor in exhaustion after helping the Cavs pull out a hardfought victory in Game 3.
(image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 25, 2015:
Cleveland 114, Atlanta 111 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - A hobbled LeBron James initially asked to check out of the game in overtime before quickly changing his mind and waving off his substitute. He grimaced slightly after knocking down the go-ahead 3- pointer with under a minute left and was on all fours near midcourt after Shelvin Mack's potentially game-tying 3 clanked off the rim at the buzzer. The battered and bruised Cleveland Cavaliers are a win away from the NBA Finals. A victory on Tuesday could give them some needed rest before then. James had his first triple-double this postseason with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists and the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 on Sunday night to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James, who missed his first 10 shots from the field, ended 14-of-37 from the field. His shot to give Cleveland a 112-111 advantage with 36.4 seconds left was his only 3 of the game. Jeff Teague, who posted 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds, drove down the lane and had a step on James at the other end, but James altered the shot and Teague's layup was well off the mark. James banked in a runner with 12.8 ticks on the clock and Mack missed a pair of 3s in the final five seconds. The four-time NBA MVP James favored his right leg more much of the extra session and dropped face down on the court in exhaustion when the horn sounded. Blatt said that James began cramping up in overtime, but stayed in the game because he (James) knew Cleveland couldn't win without him. James didn't find the scoring column until the 8:05 mark of the second quarter and recorded his first field goal just over a minute later.




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