CLEVELAND - LeBron James dropped to his knees and slapped the floor with his hand.
He was exhausted and exhilarated — and one win from the NBA Finals.
James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 114-111 win in overtime on Sunday night over the Hawks.
HOUSTON - Golden State coach Steve Kerr described Stephen Curry's performance Saturday night simply.
"Steph was Steph," Kerr said.
The MVP did what he does best, using his extraordinary 3-point shooting to power a 40-point game and the Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
ATLANTA - Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.
ATLANTA - Forget the Big Three.
One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it's the King.
LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio.
OAKLAND, Calif. - James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn't.
Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp.
Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Down big at home, the Golden State Warriors went small.
It turned out to make a huge difference.
Stephen Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 34 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 110-106 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
ATLANTA - The Cleveland Cavaliers could only watch enviously as LeBron James made a run at another NBA title in Miami.
The Atlanta Hawks were trying to move on after a tough loss in the opening round of the playoffs.
My, how things have changed from a year ago in the Eastern Conference.