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Report: Cavaliers Fire Brown as Coach
NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Mike Brown.

In a story posted on ESPN's website citing a source, the Cavaliers had until midnight on Sunday to fire Brown or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.

Brown had one year remaining on a contract extension he signed after taking the Cavaliers to their first NBA finals in 2007. He's 314-167 in five seasons with Cleveland and has guided the team to the postseason in each of his five seasons.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season with an NBA-best 61 wins, but were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round by the Boston Celtics.

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