Cavs beat Hawks to advance, 100-99 in game 4.
The Cavaliers finished off the second-round series with four straight wins, just as they did in the opening round against Detroit. Kevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go and visiting Cleveland finished off its second straight playoff sweep, beating Atlanta 100-99 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. James and Irving finished with 21 points apiece. James also doled out nine assists, while Irving had eight. The Hawks had one last chance to extend the series and put the ball in the hands of Dennis Schroder, who led the team with 21 points. The speedy point guard drove into the lane but was surrounded by James and Tristan Thompson. Schroder slipped and James tied up the ball, forcing a huge mismatch of a jump ball with 2.8 seconds left. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Miami-Toronto series in the conference finals. Toronto leads the series 2-1.
Western Conference – Thunder beat Spurs to tie series.
Kevin Durant matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-97 on Sunday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2. Durant had 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting in the second half. He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, one more than the Spurs, and did it on 6-for-6 shooting. Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points and 15 assists, Dion Waiters added 17 points, and Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points; Leonard had 21, and LaMarcus Aldridge 20. San Antonio led by 11 early in the second quarter, but the Thunder rallied and took a 45-44 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant with 1:47 left in the first half. The Spurs closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, with all the points coming from Leonard and Aldridge, to take a 53-45 lead at the break. Durant and Westbrook were a combined 6 for 21 from the field in the first half.
The Memphis Grizzlies fire head coach!
The Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger on Saturday after three seasons and three straight playoff appearances. A team battered by injuries finished the regular season at 42-40 before being swept in the first round by San Antonio. Memphis becomes the fourth NBA team currently without a coach, joining the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, who fired coach Frank Vogel on Thursday. Memphis is starting its search immediately.