Breaking down Cleveland’s 114-111 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals:
What happened: LeBron James’ three-pointer with 36.4 seconds left in overtime put the Cavs ahead 112-111, and James blocked Jeff Teague’s driving layup with 30.9 seconds left. Then, James’ driving six-shot with 12.8 seconds put the Cavs up 114-111. Shelvin Mack missed two-three-pointers in the final 4.9 seconds as Cleveland outscored Atlanta 10-7 in overtime, taking a 3-0 series lead.
Atlanta had a chance to win: With the score 104-104 and 17.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Hawks had the ball. Jeff Teague dribbled at the top of the key with James defending. DeMarre Carroll set a screen that gave Teague a bit of room, but Teague missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Big numbers for James after slow start: James, who played with a bum right knee, missed his first 10 shots and was 3-for-16 from the field at halftime. Yet, James finished with a triple-double – 37 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists.
SOURCE: Jeff Zillgitt