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lebron james, cavs stage historic comeback to down pacers for 3-0 lead


lebron had a huge triple-double and the cavs overcame a 25-point halftime deficit to win 119-114.        






lebron's 39 lead cavs to 118-113 ot win against clippers


cleveland — lebron james knows about the narrative bouncing around the nba that cleveland can be dethroned in the east.he's ignoring it, and slowly changing it."you know i could care less what people say," james said. "i'm so far beyond that. i don't care what people say."just to make sure everyone understood him, james asked his two sons waiting for him in cleveland's locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.the boys had dad's back.james had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on friday night over the skidding los angeles clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.kevin love scored






lebron james speaks on coach's decision to bench key players


critics have spoken out against the cleveland cavaliers for benching star players lebron james, kyrie irving and kevin love on saturday’s (mar. 18) game against the los angeles clippers. many were disappointed about not seeing the cavs’ key players on the court, and the cavs were ultimately washed out by the clippers (108-78).read: lebron james apologizes to wife, savannah brinson, for his dedication to greatnessjames spoke to reporters after the cavs’ sunday (mar. 19) win against the lakers, and suggested that the situation at hand is out of the players’ and the league’s control. he ultimately believes that benching star players is not an issue, but something that must happen in the league every so often.“i don’t think the nba can do anything about it,” he said. ” you’re going to have cer






while the big 3 get rest, clippers rout cavaliers 108-78


los angeles — when the cleveland cavaliers decided to rest lebron james, kyrie irving and kevin love in the same game, they also provided a welcome boost to the los angeles clippers, who got to sit their own starters for the entire fourth quarter of a predictably one-sided victory.the fans paying for high-priced staples center seats, or tuning in for a national television game between title contenders?they all lost out, thanks to the unsavory choices prompted by the nba's demanding schedule.blake griffin scored 23 points and the clippers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 108-78 win over cleveland on saturday night.but the clippers' domination of the cavs' supporting cast added another chapter to the nba's long-running debate on rest. coaches are increasingly choosing caution ov






clippers roll cavaliers, 108-78, as cleveland rests james, love and irving


blake griffin scored 23 points and the los angeles clippers capitalized on the cavaliers' decision to rest their top three players with an easy 108-78 victory over cleveland on saturday night. lebron james, kevin love and kyrie irving sat out for the cavaliers, and the clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions' supporting cast. j.j. redick added 16 points for the clippers, who swept their season series with the cavs. cleveland's personnel decision also allowed the clippers to rest griffin, chris paul and deandre jordan for the entire fourth quarter while their reserves turned a comfortable win into a blowout. griffin sat out thursday's loss at denver to rest, and he poured in 13 points in the third quarter while the clips pulled away. richard je






lebron james, cavaliers outlast clippers 118-113 in overtime


lebron james scored 39 points, kevin love added 25 and the cleveland cavaliers won their fourth straight, 118-113 in overtime on friday night over the skidding clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.love drained a pair of three-pointers in ot, when the cavaliers outscored the clippers 13-8. dwyane wade added 23 points and 11 rebounds for cleveland.the cavs' win wasn't eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the eastern conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.the clippers are headed the other way. the clippers have lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.blake griffin scored 23 and deandre jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for the clippers, which didn't give up the lead until the first minute of overtime. the clippers had chances to put t






rites of postseason: lebron looks for sweep, clippers ailing


they seem like postseason traditions: lebron james is going for a sweep, and the los angeles clippers have big problems.james is one win from the second round and the defending nba champion cleveland cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. meanwhile, blake griffin will miss the rest of the season in a major blow for a clippers team that now faces playoff drama for the fifth consecutive year.those are among the nba’s headlines for sunday, with game 4s in four first-round series.cleveland can oust indiana, houston leads 2-1 over oklahoma city, chicago will aim to keep home-court advantage on boston and the clippers — 10-1 in their last 11 games at utah — can take command of their series against the jazz.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.“closeout






rites of postseason: lebron looks for sweep, clippers ailing


they seem like postseason traditions: lebron james is going for a sweep, and the los angeles clippers have big problems.james is one win from the second round and the defending nba champion cleveland cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. meanwhile, blake griffin will miss the rest of the season in a major blow for a clippers team that now faces playoff drama for the fifth consecutive year.those are among the nba's headlines for sunday, with game 4s in four first-round series.cleveland can oust indiana, houston leads 2-1 over oklahoma city, chicago will aim to keep home-court advantage on boston and the clippers — 10-1 in their last 11 games at utah — can take command of their series against the jazz."closeout games are always the most difficult games," james said sat






cavaliers rest lebron, love, kyrie vs clippers


los angeles — the cleveland cavaliers are resting lebron james, kevin love and kyrie irving against the los angeles clippers.cavaliers coach tyronn lue announced the decision shortly before game time saturday.lue says all three stars will return sunday night against the woeful lakers.love was already scheduled to rest as he returns from left knee surgery. irving came out of the cavs' game at utah on thursday with tightness in his left knee.lue elected to turn the clippers visit into a rest day for his entire big three. lue says james wasn't thrilled.channing frye, deron williams and j.r. smith will start along with iman shumpert and tristan thompson. lue says shumpert is ready to go after spraining his left shoulder thursday.






lebron james, cavs dominate in game 1 win over raptors


the cavs came out and made a statement following their long layoff.        






lebron james to open public school for at-risk kids – the denver post


akron, ohio — lebron james understands what it’s like being a kid on the outside looking for hope.he’s giving them some.james, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programs, is teaming up with akron public schools to open the “i promise school” dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind.april 11, 2017 lebron james to miss cavaliers’ regular-season finale, resting strained calf april 9, 2017 paul millsap, tim hardaway lead hawks in stunning ot win over cavs april 7, 2017 letdown: lebron james, cavs stunned by tim hardaway, hawks april 3, 2017 cleveland cavaliers showing cracks, weakness as nba playoffs approach april 2, 2017 lebron’s james 41 points lead cavs past pacers, 135-130 in 2 ots “this school is so impo






with kyrie irving as lebron james' second, cavs could be first


after lebron james was sidelined with foul trouble, kyrie irving carried the cavs in game 4.        






cavs ripped for resting lebron james, fellow stars in high-profile game


by cindy boren, the washington postthe nba has a problem. for the second saturday night, a nationally televised game was missing some of its biggest stars.the cleveland cavaliers chose to give their big three – lebron james, kevin love and kyrie irving – a night off rather than face the los angeles clippers. giving stars a blow is becoming a common practice for coaches, but this decision by the cavs’ tyronn lue reportedly was ripped by abc’s analysts and clippers coach doc rivers.jeff van gundy called resting stars a “prosecutable offense” and added “remarks, quips or complains” about the situation, according to a tally by cleveland.com’s joe noga, 23 times on the air. among his observations: “this game stinks.” and: “it’s bait-and-switch. it would not be tolerated in any other business. y






it's too early to write cleveland cavs, lebron james off after game 1 loss


despite the 113-91 margin, nothing the cavs did in game 1 wasn't fixable.        






lebron, dwyane wade and other cavs support indians


the cavs are back to cheer the indians on in the playoffs!        






the latest: cavs lead warriors 37-33 after 1st quarter


oakland, calif. — the latest on game 5 of the nba finals (all times local):6:45 p.m.tight whistle in game 5 of the nba finals. tight scoreboard, too.j.r. smith knocked down a 3-pointer just before the first quarter ended to give the cavaliers a 37-33 lead monday night in a period filled with free throws. with an officiating crew that is trying to keep a handle on the physical play, kevin durant and klay thompson both have two fouls for the warriors while kevin love and kyle korver have picked up a pair for the cavs.after scoring just 14 points in game 4, warriors star steph curry is off to a quick start with 12 points, six of which came at the free throw line.lebron james has 12 points and so does kyrie irving for the cavs.golden state shot 14 free throws in the first quarter to cleveland'






the latest: lebron's presence on floor changes everything


cleveland — the latest on game 4 of the nba finals (all times local):11:40 p.m.shocking news! lebron james makes cleveland better.he was plus-7 in 46 minutes in game 3, but the cavaliers were minus-12 in those 2 minutes without him on the floor and lost.same sort of thing is happening in game 4 on friday night.the cavs are up 120-104 with 9 minutes left. with james on the floor, the cavs are a staggering plus-27. without him, they're minus-11.___11:25 p.m.an unreal first half for cleveland. a non-ejection for draymond green. an nba finals-record 19 3-pointers by the cavs.and there's still one quarter to go friday night in game 4.kyrie irving has 32 points and the cavaliers lead golden state 115-96 after three quarters. green got a technical foul in the third quarter, which the cavs thought






cavs teammate backs lebron, criticizes whitlock in wake of racist incident


dahntay jones was frustrated by jason whitlock's comments about lebron and racism.        






which player will swing series?


four questions for three writers, advancing the upcoming warriors-cavaliers series, a third straight meeting in the nba finals.1. which all-star finishes the series with the most points? rebounds? assists?tim kawakami, columnist — this is basically a three-tiered can anybody top lebron question, and…lebron is averaging 32.5 points a game in the playoffs…and averaged 29.7 in the last year’s finals…and is going to play 42+ minutes per, almost guaranteed…and i just don’t see kyrie or any warriors player matching those scoring numbers, barring some sort of curry or durant mega-blitz for a game or two.by the way, last year lebron also led all rebounders in the finals with 11.3 a game, but in this category i’ll say draymond green (who averaged 10.3 rebounds last finals) will edge out lbj, both s






lebron james decides it's miller time in the third quarter of the cavaliers' rou


lebron james and the cleveland cavaliers were having such an easy time against the toronto raptors on monday night that the superstar decided it was miller time long before the teams’ playoff game ended.james didn't actually drink a beer late in the third quarter of the cavaliers’ 116-105 victory. but he acted like he was going to — and with his team up by 16 at that point, he probably could have clocked out and enjoyed a cold one without affecting the outcome of the game.after drawing a foul under the basket, james’ momentum took him toward the sideline, where he grabbed beer from a concession server’s hand and acted as if he was about to take a drink before handing the bottle back.lebron james nearly drinks a beer during the 3rd quarterlebron just trying to stay hydrated lebron just try






monster games from lebron james, kyrie irving can't net cavs a game 3 win


the cavs still couldn't beat the warriors despite huge efforts from james and irving.        






lebron's historic night keeps cavs' locker room champagne-free


had they lost, the cavs' locker room would have hosted a warriors celebration. again.        






lebron james, cavs show no rust in game 1 romp over celtics


james and the cavs rolled over the celtics with a dominating performance.        






lebron james helps cavaliers hold off pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round – the de


indianapolis — lebron james made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left sunday and the cleveland cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at indiana.james finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games. he also set a league record with his 10th career playoff sweep.it sure wasn’t easy. after taking a 96-83 lead with 9:29 to go, the cavs found themselves in a 102-100 deficit with 1:31 left.but james answered with the go-ahead 3-pointer and cleveland sealed the win on james’ free throw with 1 second left.april 23, 2017 warriors take 3-0 series lead over blazers with 119-113 win april 22, 2017 tied at 2: gasol lifts grizzlies past spurs 110-108 in ot april 22, 2017 wizards stumble from the s






lebron back with cavs after missing game with strep throat


cleveland — lebron james is back in cleveland's lineup after missing one game with strep throat.james did not take part in the team's morning shootaround, but coach tyronn lue said the superstar will play in monday night's game against the milwaukee bucks. james was in the weight room lifting when lue made the announcement about 90 minutes before tipoff.james did not play in saturday's loss to chicago, dropping the cavs to 0-4 when he is not on the floor this season. he is having another mvp-caliber season for the defending nba champions, who have a three-game lead over boston for the best record in the eastern conference.cavs forward kyle korver will also play against the bucks despite injuring his right knee in the second half against the bulls. korver feels fortunate that the injury was






james, leonard back to work as cavs, spurs go for 2-0 leads


lebron james and kawhi leonard will take center stage in the nba playoffs monday after all the series openers are in the books.the best two-way players in the league are looking to give their respective teams 2-0 series leads, though each took different routes to get their first postseason wins this year.the cavs barely dodged the upsets that opened two other playoff series on saturday, not that james is thinking about how close cleveland came to losing its opener against indiana. all that matters this time of year is winning, which is all the cavaliers have done in the first round since james returned to cleveland.san antonio, the only higher seed that won easily saturday, goes for a 2-0 lead against memphis in the other game on monday’s schedule.most read stories3-course dinners for $32






the latest: warriors roll to 113-91 win vs. cavs in game 1


oakland, calif. — the latest on game 1 of the nba finals thursday night (all times local):8:35 p.m.kevin durant scored 38 points in his first nba finals game with golden state, stephen curry added 28 and the warriors rolled to their 13th straight win this postseason by beating the cleveland cavaliers 113-91 in game 1.with durant on board, the opener of cavs-warriors iii was a mismatch as golden state scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to take a 21-point lead and never looked back.lebron james had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the cavs but also finished with seven turnovers.cleveland has lost the opener in the finals to golden state for three straight years but did rally to win the championship in seven games last year.___8:30 p.m.lebron james' night looks to be over.cleveland'






lebron shakes off strep throat, leads cavs past bucks 102-95


cleveland — lebron james returned from a bout with strep throat and scored 24 points, kyrie irving added 25 and the cleveland cavaliers held off the milwaukee bucks 102-95 on monday night.james missed saturday's loss to chicago — the cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar — and was listed as questionable before arriving at quicken loans arena. he looked fit from the start, delivering an early dunk and adding one in the fourth that he capped by screaming, "that's and one!" at miiwaukee's john henson, who fouled him.james' dunk triggered an 11-0 run that helped put away the bucks, who were within 86-85 midway through the fourth.malcolm brogdon scored 20 to lead milwaukee, and bucks all-star giannis antetokounmpo scored just nine on 4-of-13 shooting.the bucks may have sustained






lebron, love help cavs rout celtics 117-104 in game 1


boston — so much for the cavaliers being rusty.lebron james embarrassed every defender boston threw at him and cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory wednesday night in game 1 of the eastern conference finals.james had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.kevin love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. they opened 10-0 last season en route to their first nba title."it was our two bigs that set the tone — kev and double-t (tristan thompson), they were phenomenal," james said. "i saw it in kev this morning. i knew what type of game he was going to have. so he came through for us."but there's no denying it has started with james, who h






lebron, kyrie on the rise


want warriors news in your inbox? sign up for the free dubsdaily newsletter.a game 4 like that will create some movement. here’s what it looks like…hot1. kevin durantprevious rank: 1the numbers say: kevin durant had a 32% usage rate in game 4, the highest of any warriors player logging over 5 minutes.the eyes say: the warriors were leaning heavily on kevin durant when their offense was rolling, so it’s not surprising that they lean on him even more when it’s not. as the warriors struggled to get open looks against the cavs’ physical defense, durant’s ability to create off the dribble for himself became particularly important. he scored 35 points on only 9 made field goals thanks to a lot of drawn fouls and trips to the line (15-16). most of the warriors struggled in game 4, but durant rema






on point: guard deron williams signs with champion cavaliers


cleveland (ap) — after rattling off several reasons for signing with the cavaliers, deron williams got around to the one that matters most.he wants a ring.“competing for a championship is something that i haven’t had a chance to do,” he said.williams, an olympian and three-time all-star who has never made it to the nba finals, signed as a free agent on monday with the cavs, giving the defending champions the backup point guard they’ve coveted and another playmaker to help them defend their title.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.williams will initially come off the bench for the cavs, who have been seeking a backup for all-star kyrie irving all season. a 13-year veteran, williams had his contract bought out last week by dallas, cleared waivers on saturday and told t






lebron james shakes off strep throat, leads cavs past bucks 102-95


cleveland — lebron james returned from sickness, and the cavaliers felt a whole lot better.still not quite himself, james came back after missing one game with strep throat and scored 24 points, kyrie irving added 25 and cleveland capped a solid february with a 102-95 win over the milwaukee bucks on monday night.james sat out saturday’s loss to chicago — the cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar — and was listed as questionable before arriving at quicken loans arena and getting in a workout. he looked fit from the start, delivering an early dunk and adding one in the fourth that he capped by screaming, “that’s and one!” at miiwaukee’s john henson, who fouled him.he wasn’t 100 percent, but even at less than full speed, james can dominate.“he brings so much to our team,” cavs






clippers roll cavaliers, 108-78, as cleveland rests james, love and irving


a victory seemed assured even for the struggling clippers considering all the fortunate circumstances delivered to them saturday night.it was up to the clippers to take advantage of their favorable situation, which they did, by pulling out a much-needed 108-78 victory over a depleted cleveland cavaliers team at staples center.the three-game losing game streak the clippers were under included blake griffin and deandre jordan not playing at denver on thursday night because of rest.the return of both provided the clippers with a jolt this team has been searching for.griffin had 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting and eight rebounds and jordan had 13 points and 17 rebounds.“at the end of the day, those guys that they played are nba players and they are capable,” griffin said. “so, no, we don’t loo






on point: guard deron williams signs with champion cavaliers


cleveland — after rattling off several reasons for signing with the cavaliers, deron williams got around to the one that matters most.he wants a ring."competing for a championship is something that i haven't had a chance to do," he said.williams, an olympian and three-time all-star who has never made it to the nba finals, signed as a free agent on monday with the cavs, giving the defending champions the backup point guard they've coveted and another playmaker to help them defend their title.williams will initially come off the bench for the cavs, who have been seeking a backup for all-star kyrie irving all season. a 13-year veteran, williams had his contract bought out last week by dallas, cleared waivers on saturday and told the cavs he would sign with them.as he stood outside the cavs' l






the latest: warriors open half on 13-0 run, take huge lead


oakland, calif. — the latest on game 1 of the nba finals thursday night (all times local):7:45 p.m.whatever got said in the golden state locker room at halftime worked.the warriors opened the second half of game 1 of the nba finals on a 13-0 run, opening up a 73-52 lead over cleveland early in the third quarter. cleveland answered with an 8-2 run, with lebron james scoring five of those to help get the cavaliers back within 15.playing from behind is a new thing for the cavs in these playoffs: in the eastern conference finals against boston, cleveland trailed for a grand total of zero seconds on the road.___7:30 p.m.kevin durant and lebron james put on a show in the first half of game 1 of the nba finals.but a look inside the numbers shows that cleveland and golden state both need to correc






ap sources: cavs, chauncey billups remain in holding pattern


cleveland (ap) — two people familiar with the negotiations say the cleveland cavaliers have not yet offered chauncey billups a role in their front office.owner dan gilbert met on consecutive days this week with billups, but the talks did not lead to a contract being offered to the former nba guard and aspiring executive, the people said. they spoke thursday to the associated press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.billups may be gilbert’s choice to lead his basketball operations following general manager david griffin’s departure. but until someone is in place the cavs remain unsettled as they prepare for the draft and an offseason devoted to revamping their roster after losing to golden state in the nba finals.the cavs do not have a pick in thursday’s






lebron offered to buy drake drinks after cavs win


got him!        






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


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