Cava­liers sweep, but Love in­jures shoul­der

Los Angeles Times - - NBA PLAYOFFS - As­so­ci­ated press

LeBron James drib­bled out the fi­nal 20 sec­onds on Sun­day while play­ers em­braced as the Cleve­land Cava­liers com­pleted a fourgame sweep of the Bos­ton Celtics in an Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries.

It may have been the calmest, most con­ge­nial 20 sec­onds of a phys­i­cal game in Bos­ton that left two play­ers with po­ten­tially se­ri­ous in­juries and Cleve­land won­der­ing if Kevin Love would be ready for the next round.

One thing is cer­tain: Love was an­gry af­ter Cleve­land beat Bos­ton, 101-93, in a game he left mid­way through the first quar­ter be­cause of a dis­lo­cated left shoul­der.

Kelly Olynyk had his right arm en­tan­gled with Love’s left arm — a move Love called “bush league” and in­ten­tional — as both went for a loose ball. Love grabbed his left shoul­der and ran im­me­di­ately to the locker room. Bos­ton Coach Brad Stevens said de­lib­er­ately hurt­ing a player is not in Olynyk’s per­son­al­ity.

James, who led Cleve­land with 27 points, said he’s “seen a lot of tie-ups in my day, but that one looked dif­fer­ent.”

Later, Bos­ton’s Jae Crow­der was in­volved in two phys­i­cal plays. First, he was shoved by Ken­drick Perkins and both drew tech­ni­cal fouls. Then he left the game with a sprained left knee when he was knocked down as J.R. Smith swung his arm back­ward while jostling for a re­bound early in the third quar­ter. Smith was ejected and faces pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion to start the next round.

“Things got a lit­tle chippy,” said Cleve­land’s Kyrie Irv­ing, who had 24 points. “Game 4 was the most phys­i­cal game I have ever played in.”

Cleve­land faces the win­ner of the Chicago-Mil­wau­kee se­ries. The Bulls lead, 3-1.

at Dal­las 121, Hous­ton 109: Monta El­lis scored 31 points, J.J. Barea had 17 points and 13 as­sists, and the Mav­er­icks won Game 4 to avoid elim­i­na­tion.

The Rock­ets still lead the se­ries, three games to one, and Game 5 is Tues­day in Hous­ton. James Harden scored 24 points for the Rock­ets and Dwight Howard had 13, but only three af­ter the first quar­ter. Hous­ton, try­ing to wrap up its first post­sea­son se­ries victory since 2009, missed 17 straight shots cov­er­ing the sec­ond and third quar­ters.

at Wash­ing­ton 125, Toronto 94: The Wiz­ards em­phat­i­cally com­pleted the first sweep of a seven-game se­ries in club his­tory and reached the sec­ond round of the play­offs in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons for the first time since get­ting to the NBA Fi­nals in 1979, a year af­ter win­ning the ti­tle.

Bradley Beal scored 23 points and Marcin Gor­tat had 21 points and 11 re­bounds as Wash­ing­ton ad­vanced to the East semi­fi­nals against No. 1 seed At­lanta or No. 8 Brook­lyn. The Hawks lead that se­ries, 2-1.

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