Cleveland completed a 4-0 sweep over the Atlanta Hawks with a 101-98 win tonight in Cleveland. The Cavs now move on to play for the Larry O'Brien trophy vs. the winner of the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets Western Conference Finals.
The Cavs dominated this game from start to finish. Kyrie Irving, back in the starting lineup after missing the last two games due to knee tendinitis, got things started with a floater to put the Cavs up 2-0. From there, the teams traded baskets until the Cavs began to pull away early in the first quarter. The Cavs took a 7-4 lead and then never trailed the rest of the way.
LeBron James was again dominant in Game 4, scoring 23 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a series low 29 minutes. Irving added 16 while playing on a minutes restriction and four other Cavaliers scored in double figures. The Cavs lead ultimately got to the point where coach David Blatt could pull LeBron, Irving and other key players out for the remainder of the game. Little used players such as Brendan Haywood and Joe Harris saw extended minutes as LeBron and company began celebrating from the bench.
LeBron, along with James Jones, is headed to his fifth straight NBA Finals. James is 2-3 overall in the NBA Finals.
During the post game ceremony in front of a raucous Cavs crowd, several members of the Cavs organization spoke as they were presented the trophy given to the Eastern Conference champions.
"We aren't settling for this," said Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said during the post game ceremony. "51 years is too long."
"We are not done," added Blatt.
"We have everything it takes to win," said LeBron. "We'll be ready to go June 4."
The NBA Finals will begin on June 4. Currently, the Cavs are likely to face the Warriors, as Golden State is up 3-1 in Houston in their series.