LeBron leads Cavaliers’ playoff sweep of Boston

Scores 27 points and grabs 10 rebounds but Cavaliers suffer potential loss of Love with dislocated left shoulder.

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
LeBron James also handed out eight assists [Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports]

Cleveland Cavaliers completed their four-game first-round sweep of Boston with a 101-93 win but suffered the potential loss of forward Kevin Love with a dislocated left shoulder.

The win in a very physical game that saw Cleveland guard JR Smith ejected sent the second-seeded Cavs into the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the winner of the Chicago Bulls-Milwaukee Bucks series. The Bulls lead that best-of-seven 3-1.

Forward LeBron James scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists as the Cavs built a 21-point halftime lead and held off a Boston charge that brought the Celtics as close as eight early in the fourth quarter.

Love was injured while chasing a long rebound with Boston forward Kelly Olynyk, whose right arm locked around Love’s left. A foul was called on Olynyk and Love grabbed his shoulder and ran off the court and straight to the locker room.

Love injured his shoulder while chasing a long ball [Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports]
Love injured his shoulder while chasing a long ball [Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports]

Elsewhere, guard Chris Paul scored 34 points, and forward Blake Griffin added 20 along with 19 rebounds, as Los Angeles defeated San Antonio 114-105 to even their Western Conference first-round series at 2-2.

After combining for only 21 points during a heavy loss in Game Three, Griffin and Paul bounced back in timely fashion.

Guard Bradley Beal scored 23 points, and center Marcin Gortat added 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Washington Wizards destroyed the Toronto Raptors 125-94 and completed the first playoff sweep in a seven-game series in franchise history.

Washington, seeded fifth in the East, will face either Atlanta or Brooklyn in the next round.

The Dallas Mavericks avoided being swept by Houston with a comfortable 121-109 win over the Rockets in Game Four.

The Rockets could not contain the starting Dallas backcourt of Monta Ellis and J.J. Barea, who combined for 48 points.

Source: Reuters