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|NBA Summary -- 5/7/10
|UNDATED (AP) -- The only good news for Boston in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 124-95 rout of the Celtics is that it only counts as one loss. Other than that, there is no bright spot for the Celtics, who suffered their worst home playoff defeat in their storied franchise history.
LeBron James scored 21 of his 38 points in the first quarter as the Cavaliers assumed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Showing no ill-effects of an elbow problem that was the talk of Cleveland during the long layoff, James finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. The 21 points in a quarter was a franchise postseason record.
Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland.
The Celtics missed 10 of their first 13 shots, hitting just 27 percent in the first quarter to spot Cleveland a 21-point lead. They were never in it after that in giving the home-court advantage back to Cleveland.
Game 4 is Sunday in Boston.
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The Phoenix Suns are one win away from revenge. Goran Dragic scored 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Suns took a stunning 3-0 lead over San Antonio in the Western Conference semifinals with a 110-96 victory over the Spurs, the team that has ousted the Suns from the playoffs four times since 2003.
Dragic hit nine of 11 shots in the fourth, including all four of his 3-point attempts. Game 4 is Sunday night in San Antonio.
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