The Cleveland Cavaliers have punched their ticket to the 2015 NBA Finals with a 118-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. With the victory, Cleveland swept their Eastern Conference Finals series against the top regular season team in the conference.
LeBron James was sensational, scoring 23 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing nine defensive rebounds in less than 30 minutes on the floor. The Cavaliers opened up such a big lead in the second half that most of their starters were on the bench for much of the fourth quarter. Cleveland won every quarter.
Five other Cavaliers finished in double digits: J.R. Smith (18), Kyrie Irving (16), Tristan Thompson (16), Timofey Mozgov (14) and Matthew Dellavedova (10). Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points.
James brings the Cavaliers back to the Finals for the first time since 2007, when the James-led team was swept by the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron will attempt to do what he did twice with the Miami Heat, but something no man has ever done in a Cavaliers uniform — bring an NBA championship to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers await the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lead the series 3-1 and Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday night.
The NBA Final begins June 4.