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Last Update on May 25, 2015 05:31 GMT

HAWKS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta's gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA Finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. The Cavs needed every single one of them to hold off the top-seeded Hawks, who fought Cleveland until the final seconds despite being without injured shooter Kyle Korver and losing Al Horford, who was ejected in the first half.

James hit a 3-pointer with 36.4 seconds left to put the Cavs ahead by one, and the superstar dropped a runner with 12.8 left to make it 114-111.

Atlanta had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but Shelvin Mack missed two 3-pointers.

HAWKS-HORFORD EJECTED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Atlanta forward Al Horford has been ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedvoa was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard to the side of the scrappy guard's head.

The officials took several minutes looking at the play on a video monitor before assessing Horford with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejecting him. He had 14 points.

It's the second time in this series Dellavedova has been involved in a loose-ball situation. While diving for a ball in Game 2, he accidentally injured Atlanta's Kyle Korver, knocking him out of the playoffs with a severely sprained ankle.

Dellavedova, too, had a run-in with Chicago's Taj Gibson in the second round.

REDS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer pitched into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Cincinnati has dropped eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 2009. The Reds have been outscored 54-19 during the streak that has dropped them to a season-worst seven games under .500 at 18-25.

Cleveland, which has won eight of 10, took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to continue its hottest stretch of the season. David Murphy, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana each drove in a run.

Bauer (4-1) took a shutout into the seventh when Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer for the only run allowed by the right-hander in 7 2-3 innings.

Rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-1), starting in place of Johnny Cueto, allowed two runs in three innings. The Reds announced Saturday that the rookie from Cuba would replace Cueto, who has a sore right elbow.

National Sports News

Last Update on May 25, 2015 22:48 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Baltimore's Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel in the Orioles 4-3 win over Houston. The loss was Keuchel's first of the season and dropped his record to 6-1.

He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.

Keuchel gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.

George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

In other major league action;

-- Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Brett Gardner homered during an eight-run first inning to spark the Yankees to 14-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals. Stephen Drew and Slade Heathcott also homered for the Yankees who unleashed a 14-hit attack to snap a six-game losing streak.

-- Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning to spark the Mets to a 6-3 win over Philadelphia. Bartolo Colon picked up the win a day after the pitcher's 42nd birthday to improve to 7-3. He allowed three runs on six hits in six innings.

-- Denard Span led off the game with a home run and Wilson Ramos broke a tie with another in the sixth inning in Washington's 2-1 win over the Cubs. The NL East-leading Nationals have won eight of their last nine games.

-- Hunter Pence's two-run double capped a seven-run sixth inning in the Giants 8-4 win over Milwaukee. Khris Davis hit two homers for the Brewers. He was initially called out for missing the plate on his first inning home run, but the call was reversed after a video review.

-- Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer to lead the surging Minnesota Twins to a 7-2 victory over Boston. The Twins got 16 hits to pick up their AL-leading 16th win in May. After a 1-6 start the 26-18 Twins are now just two games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

Joe Kelly (1-4) lasted just 1 2-3 innings. He gave up seven runs on eight hits in a performance that sapped any sense of momentum the Red Sox had after picking up two straight wins over the Angels.

-- -- Nolan Arenado homered, had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to help Colorado beat Cincinnati 5-4. The Reds have now dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since they dropped 11 straight in June 1998.

MLB-ORIOLES-MATUSZ SUSPENSION

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has been suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.

Matusz immediately appealed and is in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

Matusz entered Saturday's game against the Marlins in the 12th inning. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz's right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.

MLB-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- Mets third baseman David Wright will travel to California to work with the staff of back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. While Wright resumed baseball activities on May 18, the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

Elsewhere;

-- The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list. Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

-- Tampa Bay has put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger. He was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.

-- The Reds put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and filling in as an interleague DH for the past six weeks. Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12. In the last six weeks. Mesoraco batted .178 with no homers and two RBIs.

NFL-BEARS-MCDONALD ARREST

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald after he was accused of domestic violence in Northern California. It was the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke tells the San Francisco Chronicle that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in late March knowing it was a gamble given his history of legal issues.

He was released by the 49ers in December, just a month after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation.

NBA-SCHEDULE

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Warriors are hoping to break out the brooms in Houston tonight and sweep their way into the NBA Finals. Golden State has a commanding 3-0 lead in their NBA Western Conference final with the Rockets, after a dominating 35-point win on Houston's home court Saturday.

One more victory and the Warriors will move into the championship round for the first time since they won the 1975 title. And they have four shots at getting it done.

The Rockets have already overcome long odds this post-season, rallying from down 3-1 in the conference semifinals to knock out the Clippers.

But the Warriors posted the best record in the regular season and are on a roll behind MVP Stephen (STEHF'-ehn) Curry.

They head into tonight's Game 4 knowing that no team in NBA history has lost a series after leading 3-0.

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