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West's Late 3-Pointer Hands Cavs 3-1 Series Edge

King James adds 34 points, 12 rebounds in 100-97 victory
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:55 PM CDT
West's Late 3-Pointer Hands Cavs 3-1 Series Edge
Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas (0) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of their first-round playoff series Sunday, April 27, 2008, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(Newser) – LeBron James had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and dished the ball to Delonte West for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left Sunday, helping the Cavaliers get past the Wizards 100-97 to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. Cleveland led by 15 in the third quarter, but Washington came back, with Gilbert Arenas capping the rally.

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He made two free throws with 57 seconds left to get Washington within two points, and after James missed a jumper, Arenas' 8-foot fadeaway with 28 seconds remaining made it 97-all. James dribbled out the clock before finding West, whose career playoff-high 21 points included five of Cleveland's 13 3-pointers. Cleveland can close out Washington for the third straight postseason Wednesday. (Read more basketball stories.)

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