Cavaliers go up 3-0 on Hawks

Published 11:41 pm Saturday, May 9, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers were actually being challenged.

Finally, LeBron James had seen enough.

James scored 47 points in his best game yet of these playoffs, leading the Cavaliers to the brink of their second straight postseason sweep with a 97-82 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

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Back home after two blowout losses in Cleveland, the Hawks put up their best fight of the series. It didn’t matter. They now find themselves just one defeat away from being eliminated, the Cavaliers pushing out to another 3-0 lead after breezing past Detroit in the opening round.

Cleveland kept up its dominating run through the playoffs, setting an NBA record with its seventh straight double-figure win to eclipse the mark set by the 2004 Indiana Pacers. The only solace for the Hawks: They stopped Cleveland’s streak of 20-point playoff wins at three.

Nuggets 106, Mavs 105

DALLAS (AP) — Carmelo Anthony broke free of his defender and nailed a 3-pointer that gave the Denver Nuggets a 106-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, giving them a 3-0 series lead that has been insurmountable in NBA history.

Chauncey Billups scored 32 points, including 16 in the third quarter, and Anthony finished with 31 as Denver took its first-ever 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. The Nuggets will go for the sweep Monday night.

Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and 16 rebounds, and Brandon Bass scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.