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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, looks for an opening around Boston Celtics forward Gerald
Wallace, right, in the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday night.
The Cavaliers won 101-93 to complete a first-round sweep of the Celtics. AP PHOTO
BOSTON---LeBron James scored 27
points as the Cleveland Cavaliers
overcame a shoulder injury to Kevin
Love to complete a first-round sweep
of the Boston Celtics with a 101-93
victory Sunday night.
Love left the court in the first quarter
with a dislocated left shoulder, and JR
Smith was ejected for swinging his arm
at Jae Crowder, but the Cavaliers held
on to win a series for the first time
since 2010, before James left for Miami.
Now Cleveland gets extra time before
facing the winner of the Chicago-Mil-
waukee series. The Bulls lead 3-1.
The Cavaliers led 57-36 at halftime
even though James missed eight of 12
shots and Love left the game for good
after becoming entangled with Boston s
Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball.
Love immediately headed for the locker
The Cavaliers said Love would return
to Cleveland with the team and receive
additional examination, imaging and
evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports
Health over the next 24 hours before
his status is updated.
CLIPPERS 114, SPURS 105
SAN ANTONIO---Chris Paul had 34
points and seven assists, and Blake
Griffin added 20 points and 19
rebounds, as Los Angeles beat San
Antonio to even their first-round series
at two games apiece.
JJ Redick scored 17 points for the
Clippers and Austin Rivers provided
an unexpected boost off the bench with
a postseason career-high 16 points.
Game 5 of the only series that is tied
after four games is today in Los Ange-
les.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points,
Tim Duncan had 22 points and 10
rebounds and Tony Parker added 18
points, but Paul proved too much.
Paul hit jumpers over Parker and
Duncan in scoring six straight points
for the Clippers beginning midway
through the fourth quarter. He then
drove the lane and kicked out to Redick,
who drained a 3-pointer for a 106-92
WIZARDS 125, RAPTORS 94
emphatically completed the first sweep
of a seven-game series in club history,
getting 23 points from Bradley Beal and
21 points and 11 rebounds from Marcin
Gortat to beat Toronto.
Paul Pierce, who repeatedly said he
didn t want to have to go back through
US Customs for any more games in
Canada, added 14 points, including a
pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter
as Washington s lead reached 32 enter-
ing the fourth.
Washington has reached the second
round of the playoffs in consecutive
seasons for the first time since getting
to the NBA Finals in 1979, a year after
winning the title.
Next up for the Wizards will be No
1 seed Atlanta or No 8 Brooklyn.
DALLAS---Monta Ellis scored 31
points, and JJ Barea had 17 points and
13 assists in his first playoff start since
boosting Dallas run to the 2011 cham-
pionship as the Mavericks avoided
elimination with a victory over Hous-
Dallas cut Houston s lead to 3-1 in
the first-round series. Game 5 is tonight
The Rockets, trying to wrap up their
first postseason series victory since
2009, missed 17 consecutive shots cov-
ering the second and third quarters.
The most-prolific 3-point shooting
team in NBA history in the regular sea-
son was 7 of 31 from long range.
James Harden scored 24 points, and
Dwight Howard had 13. But the big
man was kept under control after scor-
ing 10 points with two more alley-oop
dunks in the first quarter. (AP)
Cavaliers sweep Celtics
DURBAN---A Commonwealth Games
evaluation team began a four-day visit
of 2022 host candidate Durban yes-
terday, weeks after attacks on immi-
grants in the South African city left
six people dead.
Durban is the only city left bidding
for the 2022 Games and hopes to be
confirmed at the Commonwealth Games
Federation s general assembly meeting
in Auckland, New Zealand, on Septem-
The visit of the five-person evaluation
team comes soon after a spate of attacks
on foreigners in South Africa earlier this
month, which began in the Durban area
and spread to Johannesburg. Seven peo-
ple in total have died.
The CGF said yesterday its evaluation
team---led by CGF honorary secretary
Louise Martin---would concentrate on
"technical aspects" of Durban s bid.
The east coast city, a former 2010
World Cup venue, is hoping to be the
first African host of a major multi-sport
event. Its bid is expected to be rubber-
stamped after opponent Edmonton,
Canada, withdrew from the race.
Durban has also been touted as a pos-
sible future candidate to host the
Durban s 2022 Commonwealth bid
team has evoked South Africa s relatively
smooth transition from a troubled past
to democracy as part of its campaign,
proposing the games opening ceremony
be on July 18, the birthday of the late
anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
The CGF bid team began its visit on
Freedom Day, the anniversary of the
first democratic elections in South Africa
that installed Mandela as president 21
But the violence in Durban this month
tarnished the city s image and was con-
demned by the South African Sports
Confederation and Olympic Committee,
which is overseeing the Durban bid.
The attacks have subsided.
The Commonwealth evaluation team
will meet government and city officials
and visit competition and non-com-
petition venues this week, the CGF said,
before compiling a report. (AP)
Commonwealth Games officials
visit Durban soon after attacks
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