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Tyronn Lue upset with media portrayal of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving benching

April 23, 2017

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the purpose of his discussions with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the fourth quarter of Game 3 was to keep the stars engaged. Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesCleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was unhappy Saturday about how a key decision he made in Game 3 of the team's first-round series with the Indiana Pacers was being portrayed in the media.

After he benched Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of the Cavs' 119-114 come-from-behind win Thursday, Lue was annoyed with how the lineup change was framed as Lue seeking "permission" from his two All-Stars to keep them out while Deron Williams and Channing Frye closed out the game.

"That was the craziest thing I've ever seen," Lue said of the coverage, without mentioning specific publications or shows. "A grown man asks somebody permission to do something, I never understood that. They always make a story out of something when it comes to us."

Cleveland leads the series 3-0....

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LeBron James overtakes Kobe Bryant for third in playoff scoring

April 21, 2017

LeBron James' memorable Game 3 vs. the Pacers saw him move into third on the all-time playoff scoring list, now ahead of Kobe Bryant.INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James might have some work left to do to catch Kobe Bryant's five championships, but he now has eclipsed the former Los Angeles Lakers star in another statistical category that defined Bryant's career: playoff points.

With James' and-one shot in the lane and ensuing free throw with 7:26 left in the second quarter for the Cleveland Cavaliers' 119-114 win in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, James eclipsed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list. The old-fashioned three-point play gave James 13 points for the game and 5,641 points for his playoff career.

James now trails only Michael Jordan (5,987 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) in all-time playoff scoring....

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James, Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

April 21, 2017

LeBron James recorded his 17th career playoff triple double, 41 points 13rebounds 12 assists, in Cleveland's Game 3 win over Indiana.INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history.

Win one more at Indiana, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round.

James scored 41 points while padding his postseason resume with yet another triple-double, leading defending champion Cleveland back from a 25-point halftime deficit to a 119-114 victory over the Pacers on Thursday night....

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James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown

April 06, 2017

LeBron James drives to the basket for a power, one handed slam. He follows that up with a huge block at the other end and proceeds to slap hands with a few Celtics' fans.BOSTON -- LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily.

James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland ran past the Boston 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the East.

The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with only four games to play. Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker with the Celtics for the top seed, if needed....

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Thumb sprain to end Tristan Thompson's streak at 447 games

April 06, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson suffered a sprained right thumb during Tuesday night's victory over the Orlando Magic, MRI results revealed on Wednesday.

Thompson will miss Wednesday night's game in Boston and Friday's game against the Hawks while undergoing continued treatment and additional evaluation, the team announced. First place in the Eastern Conference and a tiebreaker are on the line in the game against the Celtics.

"He's hurt. He's out tonight and he's out Friday. That's all I know,'' Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before Wednesday's game....

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