Atlanta Hawks’ mission to bounce back in the series once again failed in over-time of game 3 on Sunday. Atlanta finally went down 114-111 against Cleveland Cavaliers, who now lead the Eastern Conference Final series 3-0.
Shelvin Mack missed two wide-open threes in the dying moments of the OT to restore parity for Atlanta. LeBron James tore apart the Hawks with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists to guide his side to a commanding lead. James was not impressive with 14 of 37 of his shots, championed in rebound with 0-of-10 starts. He missed all of his first ten shots.
“I worked extremely hard and for me as a leader no matter how I’m feeling I’ve got to try to make some plays,” James said after winning the tie.
The Cavs were without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for the second straight game. Irving was replaced by Dellavedova, who turned out to be Cavs’ trump-card on Sunday night. He contributed crucial 17 points to his teams tally playing a career-high 45 minutes for the Cavs. JR Smith also added 17 points.
The Hawks on the other side missed the service of star-center Al Horford through-out the second half as he was ejected for elbowing Dellavedova. Shooter Kyle Krover too missed the game for Atlanta due to a wounded knee. Both the teams struggled in shooting. Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 30 points and Paul Millsap scored 22.
Cleveland now can wrap up the series in game 4 at home on Tuesday with another win and cruise to the NBA Finals.