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National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

A scowling LeBron James high-fived his teammates on the bench after being substituted late in the fourth quarter with a Game 2 win well in hand. Forget about the Big Three, all the Cleveland Cavaliers needed Friday night was the Big One. James finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, recording 30 points and 11 assists, as the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 to open up a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James was 10-of-22 from the field and when he wasn't invading the paint and attacking the basket, he was finding teammates for open 3-pointers. Eight of his 11 assists led to a Cavaliers triple. James scored 11 of his points in a dominating third quarter where Cleveland outscored Atlanta 30-17 and led by as many as 20. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Irving sat out Game 2 due to a lingering left knee injury. He sat out Friday's morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo additional evaluation for tendinitis with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. He aggravated the injury in Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win. Kevin Love, of course, was lost for the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder during Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Cleveland started the game by knocking down 12 of its first 20 shots from beyond the arc and held a 47-39 advantage on the glass.

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Recap: Atlanta vs. Cleveland

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - A scowling LeBron James high-fived his teammates on the bench after being substituted late in the fourth quarter with a Game 2 win well in hand.

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National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Nash registered two goals and one assist as the New York Rangers posted a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Nash totaled a career-high 42 goals during the regular season but scored just two goals in the first 15 games this postseason. His breakout performance and a return-to- form effort from Henrik Lundqvist has the Rangers returning home with the series tied at two games apiece. Lundqvist made 38 saves after allowing six goals in back-to-back losses. Keith Yandle had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who remained hot on the power play, scoring two goals with the man advantage for a third consecutive game. Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop gave up five goals for a second straight game, stopping just 19 shots. Game 5 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

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