Love delivers as Cavs sweep Hawks

Sun May 8, 2016 9:52pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer's latest strategy against the Cleveland Cavaliers was to make Kevin Love hit enough shots to beat the Hawks.

Love obliged on Sunday in Game 4, scoring 27 points, including eight 3-pointers, in the Cavs' series-clinching 100-99 win over the Hawks at Philips Arena.

The Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season and will await the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat series.

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and had eight assists, and LeBron James added 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and made a big defensive stand on the Hawks' final possession.

With Cleveland leading 100-99 with 10 seconds to play, James tied up Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder on a drive inside the paint and won the ensuing jump ball to help the Cavs hang on.

Cleveland were sizzling hot from the 3-point line throughout the series, hitting 16 on Sunday -- 10 in the first half -- and made 62 in the final three games of the series.

"I think we hit our stride at the right time," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "The last three or four weeks of the season we really started playing good basketball on both ends of the court, and it's carried over."

Schroder paced a balanced Atlanta offense that had five players finish in double figures. He hit back-to-back layups late in the fourth quarter, the second putting the Hawks ahead 97-96 with 1:31 to play.

But he could not put one past James on his last shot.   Continued...

May 8, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) and guard Iman Shumpert (4) reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports