LeBron James, Cavs sweep Pacers, advance to second round of National Basketball Association playoffs

LeBron James made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to play and helped the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers hold off the Indiana Pacers for a series-clinching 106-102 victory Sunday.

"Once again, we just had to weather the storm", said James.

James finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals Sunday.

LeBron James scored 33 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:08 remaining, and Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of IN in their National Basketball Association playoff opening-round series.

Gerald Green scored a playoff-career-high 18 points, and Al Horford finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who blew a 20-point lead only to rebound after the Bulls took a two-point lead in the third quarter.

Cavs' LeBron James is challenged by Pacers' Paul George as he goes to the basket.

"I went out being aggressive, putting my teammates into position to be successful, offensively and defensively", James said.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavaliers, who will host either Milwaukee or Toronto in the next round.

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James drilled in a three-pointer in with 68 seconds left that paved the way for the Cavs the advantage. In the final five minutes, the Rockets started fouling Andre Roberson after Roberson missed his first six free throws of the game.

The league also fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City.

Johnson, who hit the winning shot in Game 1, scored 11 straight Jazz points during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, including a pull-up jumper for a 91-90 lead with 3:55 remaining after trailing by seven early in the period.

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Over in the Eastern Conference, Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points as Boston Celtics beat Chicago Bulls 104-95. He was 5-for-21 from the field and finished with 15 points.

James has now won 21 straight first-round games, the longest such streak since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Lance Stephenson had 22 points to lead the Pacers. This series marks the second time in franchise history that the Pacers trailed a best-of-seven 3-0.

In the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets got a huge boost from their bench to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 and seize a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. LeBron James lead the Cavaliers with spectacular plays, but role players such as Channing Frye, Kyle Korver, JR Smith, and Deron Williams helped by filling in the blanks. He has said he wants to win with the Pacers, but how close are the Pacers to competing for an Eastern Conference championship? IN shot just 59 percent (10-17) from the stripe and were held to four fastbreak points on the afternoon.

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