Cavs sweep Celts as James scores 27 in NBA
LeBron James scored 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin Love to complete a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93 victory on Sunday.
Love left the court in the first quarter with a dislocated left shoulder and J.R. Smith was ejected for swinging his arm at Jae Crowder, but the Cavaliers held on to win a series for the first time since 2010, before James left for Miami. Now Cleveland gets extra time before facing the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series. The Bulls lead 3-1.
The Clippers' Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists and Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds as Los Angeles beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 to even their first-round series at two games each. J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points. Game Five of the only series that is level after four games is today in Los Angeles.
The Washington Wizards emphatically completed the first sweep of a seven-game series in club history, getting 23 points from Bradley Beal and 21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin Gortat to beat the Toronto Raptors 125-94. Next up for the Wizards will be No. 1 seed Atlanta or No. 8 Brooklyn.
The Dallas Mavericks avoided elimination with a 121-109 win over the Houston Rockets after Monta Ellis scored 31 points and J.J. Barea had 17 points and 13 assists in his first play-off start since boosting Dallas' run to the 2011 championship. Dallas cut Houston's lead to 3-1 in the first-round series. Game Five is tonight in Houston.