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LeBron leads Cavs to 2-0 series lead

The Hawks find themselves in a deep hole after LeBron James posted a 30-point, 11-assist, 9-rebound performance in Cleveland's Game 2 win without Kyrie Irving.


LeBron: Teammates stepping up

The Cavs star on his supporting cast playing well in the face of injuries: "Next man up. Guys are just taking the challenge. It means everything to me to be able to share this podium with multiple teammates every night." Watch live postgame coverage on SportsCenter

Top NBA plays of the week

Sure, Kent Bazemore's Hawks are down 2-0 in the conference finals, but Bazemore takes top honors in our rundown of the best NBA plays of the week.


Van Gundy on the list for Pelicans

Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans' head-coaching position, league sources tell Marc Stein. ‎Sources told ESPN this week that the ESPN analyst has expressed interest in the opening and is under consideration for the job. Developing story

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Schröder: We have to compete

The Hawks reserve said: "We just gotta go out there and compete as a team. We didn't do that in the first two games at home."

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.