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)

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.

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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