CLEVELAND -- The reality TV show "Last Point Guard Standing," otherwise known as the NBA playoffs, continued Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving taking on the next contestant he'll try to eliminate on his way to a championship: Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, much like this individual matchup, went Irving's way by a landslide, as the Cavs trounced the Raptors 115-84, with Irving putting up 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting, five assists, two steals and two turnovers to Lowry's eight points on 4-for-14 shooting, five assists, zero steals and four turnovers.It was significant not only because Lowry comes at a point in the journey that Irving is charged with navigating after Reggie Jackson, Dennis Schroder and Jeff Teague and before either Russell Westbrook or Stephen Curry, but also due to the connection that Lowry sparked between Irving and LeBron James earlier in the season.In January, when Irving had barely reached three weeks into his return from a devastating knee injury that sidelined him for more than six months, he found himself in a neck-and-neck race in the voting to be named a starting guard for the East in the All-Star Game. James, perhaps sensing that Lowry would ultimately overtake Irving in the popularity contest -- considering Toronto would host the February festivities -- gave his teammate perhaps the greatest endorsement he could give."He's special. He's that special, man. Hes much better than an All-Star. Much better than an All-Star," James said at the time."I mean, there would never be a question if Kyrie Irving is the MVP, as long as he's on the floo
THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS ADVANCE TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!!! CLEVELAND BEAT ATLANTA 100-99 TO SWEEP THE HAWKS AND TAKE THE SERIES 4-0!! LEBRON JAMES IS HEADING TO HIS 6TH STRAIGHT EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!!!!
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one game away from punching a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals! Can the Cavs sweep the Hawks? Or will the Hawks give up a fight and force Game 5? Check out the Game today on ABC 3:30pmEST/2:30pmCentra
CLEVELAND -- Before you read any further, please look up "Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, 1979" on Google Images. While you have the window open, next search for "Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, 2016."See the difference? That is the physical manifestation of how long it has been since the NBA adopted the 3-point shot in 1979-80 before Bird and Johnson began their rookie seasons.In the 36 years that have passed and thousands upon thousands of games that have been played since then, no team had ever made more than 23 3-pointers in an NBA game -- playoff or regular-season -- until the Cleveland Cavaliers splashed 25 of them in their 123-98 romp over the Atlanta Hawkson Wednesday to go up 2-0 on the Eastern Conference semifinals.There have been many remarkable numbers to consider with the Cavs' 6-0 start to the postseason -- such as the fact that Kevin Love has had a double-double in every game; or the fact that the only game Kyrie Irving didn't score 20 was Wednesday (he had "only" 19 points on nine shots in 23 minutes because of the blowout); or the fact that LeBron James is 6-of-10 from 3 against the Hawks after shooting just 4-of-19 from deep in the first round against the Detroit Pistons -- but none of them compare to the 3s Cleveland made in Game 2.It's hard to appreciate the significance of the barrage of triples the Cavs hit without simply listing all that went into those 25. So, take it away, ESPN Stats & Information:Cleveland hit 18 3s in the first half. The previous record for 3s in a half was 12, set by the Golden State Warriors this season. There are six franchises that have never hit 18 3s in an entire game -- playoff or regular-season -- let alone in a half (76ers, Grizzlies, Jazz, Kings, Pelicans, Pistons).The Cavs have played four home playoff games this spring. They've hit 20-plus 3s in two of them. In Game 2 against Detroit they hit 20, tying a playoff record for 3s in a game at the time. Shortly thereafter, Golden State set a new playoff record with 21 3s in Game 4 of its first-round series with Houston. That record lasted all of 11 days until Wednesday.Of Cleveland's 25 makes from deep, only one hit multiple parts of the rim before going in. The other 24 were either swishes or hit the bottom of the back rim
) For four years, the name Dan Gilbert instantly conjured up thoughts of an inflammatory letter directed at Lebron James after James announced he would Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Today (July 11th), hours after Lebron James announced he would be returning to the Cavaliers, Gilbert explains how the reunification process happened and how James forgave him for the letter.
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You know about Lebron James. He is in The NBA Finals. Lebron Raymone James was born December 30, 1984. He is a professional basketball player and he plays for the Miami Heat.