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CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

James scored 19 in the third quarter and only sat for four of the first 36 minutes as the Cavs ensured they'll have home-court advantage until the NBA Finals.

James shot 13 of 16, made all five free throws and added six rebounds and six assists – another dazzling statistical line for the four-time MVP who switched into playoff mode weeks ago.

When James finally sat down late in the third, Irving made sure he didn't have to come back in by scoring nine points in the first four minutes. Kevin Love added 14 rebounds for Cleveland.


BOSTON (AP) – Jeremy Lin scored 19 of his 25 points in Charlotte's big second quarter, carrying the Hornets to a win over Boston.

Kemba Walker scored 18 points, and Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams each had 16 for the Hornets, who are in a tight race with Boston and Miami in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley led Boston with 17 points apiece. It was just the Celtics' third loss in their past 21 home games.

As with many of his visits to Boston, Lin had a number of Asian-American fans holding signs and cheering his play. The 27-year-old guard starred at Harvard. Four years ago when he sparked the New York Knicks, Lin's rise was called ''Linsanity.''


NEW YORK (AP) – Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists, and Washington recovered after blowing all of its 20-0 lead to beat Brooklyn.

Marcus Thornton scored 19 points as he and Sessions did just fine in replacing injured starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. J.J. Hickson had 15 points as Washington put seven players in double figures.

The Wizards made their first nine shots before Brooklyn made one and looked headed for a blowout victory. Instead, they needed another big run in the fourth quarter to finally put it away.

Shane Larkin scored a career-high 20 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 points and Mario Hezonja added 19 to help Orlando Magic defeat Milwaukee in its home finale.

The victory allowed the Magic to close out the regular season strong at home where they won five of their final six games, including two straight to finish the year 23-18 at the Amway Center. Orlando concludes its season at Charlotte on Wednesday.

The Magic, playing without three starters, were dominant at times with Ilyasova leading the way in place of injured Aaron Gordon.

Center Dewayne Dedmon also gave a big effort in place of injured Nikola Vucevic, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds while at times outplaying Milwaukee center Greg Monroe.

Monroe led five Bucks players in double figures with 23 points.