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Love and James dictate sweep and Cavaliers repeat final in the East

Love and James dictate sweep and Cavaliers repeat final in the East

The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced today for the second time in the NBA Eastern Conference final, which they won last year, by beating the Atlanta Haws 99-100 at home and linking the fourth win in the series to the best of seven thanks to power forward Kevin Love and forward LeBron James.
Love contributed a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds that made him the leader in attack and inside play for the Cavaliers, who swept the Hawks in the semifinals for the second season.
The rival in the final will come from the winner of the series that the Toronto Raptors provisionally win 2-1 against the Miami Heat.
James returned to prominence by scoring the decisive basket with only 39 seconds to go.
In the 38 minutes he played, James also contributed another double-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and was one assist away from the triple-double by handing out nine touchdown passes.
His only stain derives from the six turnovers.
Base Kyrie Irving had 21 points, while center Tristan Thompson had 10 rebounds.
The Hawks blew their chance to win when James missed a 3-point attempt.
With 21 points, German point guard Dennis Schroder led the Hawks’ attack, which had its key players, such as point guard Jeff Teague, at a bad time.
Power forward Paul Millsap, who attempted a desperate shot before the buzzer sounded, was the second-leading scorer for the Hawks with 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Swiss guard Thabo Sefolosha, who played his second game as a starter in place of Kyle Korver, had 16 points, 7 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 triples.
Dominican center Al Horford reached 15 points in the 39 minutes he was on the court at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Horford made 7 of 14 field goals, including a triple of five attempts, captured four rebounds, all defensive, and gave four assists, without being able to be a winning factor in the end.
Forward Kent Bazemore rounded out the Hawks’ five-player list, including four starters who had double-digit numbers but couldn’t prevent their 12th straight loss in playoff competition to the Cavaliers. EFE

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