Cavaliers beat Pacers 106-102, advance to Eastern Conference Semifinals

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INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana.

James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games. He also set a league record with his 10th career playoff sweep.

At the end of one quarter on Sunday, the Pacers were ahead, 24-22. Kyrie Irving had 10 points, but the rest of the team picked up steam in the next quarter.

Deron Williams was 2 for 2 on three pointers for 12 points at the break. LeBron James led the team in scoring with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Cavs are up, 58-52.

The third quarter belonged to Irving and LeBron's chase-down block.

After taking a 96-83 lead with 9:29 to go, the Cavs found themselves in a 102-100 deficit with 1:31 left.

But James answered with the go-ahead 3-pointer and Cleveland sealed the win on James' free throw with 1 second left.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and Paul George added 15 but missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime in the closing seconds. It's the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their NBA history.

In Game 3, Cleveland trailed Indiana by 25 at halftime, but a big run in the third quarter cut that lead to the single digits. LeBron James recorded his 17th career playoff triple-double with 41 points.

The Cavs now move on to play the winner of the Bucks-Raptors series, which is tied at 2-2.

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