Love, James lead Cavs to another sweep, 100-99 over Hawks

"I don't think they're thinking about me and I'm not thinking about them right now..."

Cleveland opened the playoffs with four straight wins over Detroit, then did the same against the Hawks in a rematch of last year's conference final. Love was acquired from Minnesota to complete the dynamic trio, but the Cavaliers came up short to the Warriors in Year 1 when both Love and Irving went down with injuries in the playoffs.

"We're in a great rhythm right now", James said. "I believe that the way we play makes us successful".

Cleveland made 21 3-pointers on Friday - four shy of its record-setting performance in Game 2 - and looks to finish off the host Hawks in Sunday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

He had Stephen Curry like shooting today, as he went 8-15 from threes and scored 27.

The Cavs are unbeaten in the playoffs with James, Irving and Love all healthy. While LeBron James (21 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 1 block) narrowly missed out on a triple-double, Kyrie Irving added 21 points and 8 assists as the Cavs's Big Three outshone the Hawks yet again.

As Schroder drove into the lane, James switched off his man. Schroder slipped and was tied up for a jump ball with 2.8 seconds remaining.

"I just tried to be aggressive, ' said Schroder, who was at least hoping to draw a foul". We took tough shots. "But [they] got those offensive rebounds when we'd get him to miss". Paul Millsap wound up with it, flinging up a desperation shot, but it was after the buzzer and didn't go in anyway. Maybe one of these days the Atlanta will finally figure out how to handle Cleveland.

That's all the tangible playoff data Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has to work with as he prepares his team for the Eastern Conference finals.

In that one, the Hawks were the top seed but lost four straight to Cleveland.

Even more frustrating than losing for the fourth time in a row to Cleveland is the fact that this loss was by just one point with a final score of 100-99. He had made back-to-back layups to put the Hawks ahead 97-96 with 1:31 to play, but the Cavs were not going to be denied. "I was able to get my hand on the ball before the shot". They have one of the NBA's best back-up point guards, Dennis Schroder, who scored 21 in Game 4.

The Cavaliers buckled down at the defensive end and wrapped up the series.

The four-time National Basketball Association scoring champion matched his career playoff high with 41 points as the Thunder beat San Antonio to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Durant connected on 14 of 25 shots from the field and 10 of 13 from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers scored only 19 points in the fourth quarter but still won because they made key stops when they had to.

"You have to give them credit", Kent Bazemore said after the game. "I know that at any given moment, I can go off and hit a few shots".

Durant had plenty of help.

"My teammates did a great job of sticking with me and finding me and getting me easy baskets and screening for me and sacrificing their bodies", he said. It is, however, a bit of a tricky evaluation given that the Hawks never quite found a real weak spot to attack on the other end of the ball.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) calls a play against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of Game 4 of the second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Atlanta.

Any extra, unnecessary games against inferior teams against these Eastern Conference opponents would have created another opportunity for someone to get injured and for James to accrue more miles on his body.

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