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.
CLEVELAND -- Hawks center Al Horford was ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when he was called for a flagrant 2 foul in the second quarter against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.
The play occurred in the final minute of the second quarter of the Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime win with the Hawks leading 48-47. Multiple players from both teams were pursuing a loose ball in the Atlanta half court following a missed running floater by Horford when Horford, Dellavedova and Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll fell to the floor.
In the battle for the ball, Dellavedova and Horford got tangled while Dellavedova was trying to box out the Hawks big man. Dellavedova tumbled over Carroll, who had already fallen to the floor. Dellavedova then rolled into Horford's right knee, sending Horford to the floor. As Horford crumpled, his elbow and forearm struck Dellavedova above the right shoulder.
Pablo Prigioni has played a small but integral role in helping the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference finals.
All three veterans also used to play for the New York Knicks.
So there are probably more than a few Knicks fans struggling with the sight of these players thriving in the playoffs.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN Jordan Clarkson easily made it to the 2015 NBA All-Rookie Team, but the Los Angeles Lakers guard thinks he still needs to work on his game.
And there’s one more he thinks who should do the same —Manny Pacquiao.
The 22-year-old Clarkson has yet to meet Pacquiao, but he knows the Filipino boxing superstar has made it to the professional basketball league here.
The Warriors responded Friday to a lawsuit brought against the team and Ticketmaster by ticket resale site StubHub, accusing them of illegally rigging the resale market, by filing a motion to dismiss the case.
The case, should it proceed to trial, would be seen as a landmark development in the sports ticketing industry. A legal decision would set forth for the first time an established precedent as to whether the sports fan leases the right to a ticket or owns it and whether teams have the right to tell fans where they can sell the seats that they buy.
Through Golden State's deal with Ticketmaster, StubHub has alleged that the Warriors have informed fans that if they don't use the Ticketmaster platform to resell their tickets, their ticket buying privileges could be revoked. StubHub claims that this is an illegal marketplace restriction according to federal law and legislation in California, where the Warriors do business and StubHub has its headquarters.
Sullinger missed most of the second half of the 2014-15 season due to a foot fracture before making a surprising late-season return. He struggled initially to find his form, but closed the season with a 21-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 of the first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was a reminder of the impact Sullinger can have on the court, and he pledged to keep his foot on the transformation accelerator during the offseason.
During an appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub on Saturday, Sullinger said he's on the same page as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Brad Stevens, who challenged him to get in the sort of shape that can maximize his potential and prolong his career.
If Los Angeles selects either Mudiay or Russell, it could change the draft landscape for the Knicks significantly.
The Timberwolves have the top selection and are likely to draft either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor.
If the Lakers then take a guard, the Philadelphia 76ers, who select third, would be likely choosing between whichever top big man -- Okafor or Towns -- is still on the board and whichever guard the Lakers don't take.