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LeBron scores 37 to lift Cavs past Hawks in OT

Despite starting 0-for-10 from the field, a hobbled LeBron James finished with a triple-double as Cleveland went up 3-0 in the East finals.

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Shumpert: We couldn't stop playing

Iman Shumpert on the Cavaliers' Game 3 win: "We just couldn't stop playing. We missed out on a lot of opportunities to close the game ... but guys made plays. LeBron played huge."

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From down 3 to down 3-0

Shelvin Mack had a great look at a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but he couldn't get it to go and the Hawks now find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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LeBron hobbled, still victorious

After the Cavs' Game 3 win, LeBron told TNT: "You could play doctor right now, how many injuries I got right now. But at that point, I felt like I couldn't give more, but then it was mind over matter. ... I was able to push through."

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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."

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Blatt: LeBron wouldn't let us lose

Cavs coach David Blatt said: "LeBron just cramped up. He played through the pain and he played through the cramping. He just wouldn't let us lose."

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Milestone night for LeBron James

Tonight LeBron James ...

  • Passed Jason Kidd for 2nd-most playoff triple-doubles (12).
  • Tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 3rd-most 30-point playoff games (75).
  • Passed Karl Malone for 6th on career playoff points list (4,782).

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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.

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

If Cleveland can wrap up the sweep, they will have 9 days off before the NBA Finals and they'll need every one of them.

Cavaliers survive Hawks best shot

Shelvin Mack had two potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds -- the second one wide open in the corner -- but both missed, and the Cavaliers earned a 114-111 overtime win in Game 3. Cleveland now leads the series 3-0. Box score

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LeBron extends lead

LeBron James has done it all for Cleveland tonight. 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists, and his latest basket put the Cavs up by 3 with 12.8 seconds left in overtime.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James has the superstar numbers -- 35p 18r 13a -- but Tristan Thompson has been "the guy behind the guy."

LeBron answers Teague's big 3

After Jeff Teague hit a 3-pointer to put Atlanta ahead by 2, LeBron James answered with a corner 3-pointer of his own -- his first of the game -- to put the Cavs back up by 1 point with 36.4 seconds left.

Cavs clinging to lead, LeBron limping

Cleveland is up 109-106 with 2:35 left in overtime, but just called timeout to get LeBron James some extra rest. The Cavs' star has been noticeably limping for much of overtime, and sat down on the scorers table as soon as time was called.

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The last couple minutes of Cavs-Hawks Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals were brought to you by our sponsor, the Benny Hill theme song

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Besides Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert also has five fouls, which could be an issue in overtime.

Overtime in Game 3

The Cavs put LeBron James on Jeff Teague for the final possession, and Teague came up short on a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Game 3 is tied 104-104 heading to overtime in Cleveland.