The Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Hawks again to book another Eastern Conference finals berth

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will return to the Eastern Conference finals after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks for the second consecutive year in the playoffs. 

It was a hard fought 100-99 victory in game four for the Cavs in a thrilling back and forth encounter that went down to the final seconds at the Phillips Arena.

Some big plays on both ends of the floor by LeBron James - including a huge shot with 39.2 seconds remaining - allowed the reigning Eastern Conference champions to close the game out. 

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For the fourth time in the 2016 playoffs, Cleveland's big three of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all scored over 20 points.

Love had a game-high 27 points which included eight three-pointers in the game and had the hot hand in the third quarter as he put up 15 points. 

James contributed heavily to the win with another impressive all round performance recording 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals. Irving added 21 points and eight assists in another solid display.

The Wine and Gold enjoyed another great shooting night from behind the arc as they connected on 16 three-pointers - making it 77 in total for the series.

Despite their best showing of the four games, the Atlanta Hawks' woes against the Cavaliers continues with their losing streak now at 11 games dating back to last season. 

The Hawks had five players in double-digits on the night and gave everything they had to try and stay in the series, but fell short in the end as point guard Dennis Schroder failed to get a shot off in the final possession of the game as LeBron forced a jump ball.

The German did have a big fourth quarter for the Hawks, however, and led the team in scoring with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting as he gave the home side their best hope of a win with some huge late baskets.

Paul Millsap was in fine form in the first half for Atlanta with 17 points, but the big man went cold in the second period only adding two points. 

Thabo Sefolosha contributed 16 points and Al Horford 15 for Mike Budenholzer's men in what was another disappointing exit from the playoffs.

The Cavs, though, continue to roll and remain undefeated in the postseason after also sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round.

Tyronn Lue has his team playing some terrific basketball and on this form, are well on course for a second straight appearance in the NBA finals.

Cleveland has given themselves the luxury of some extra rest as they await the winners of LeBron James' former team the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors, but on this form the Ohio-based outfit must be confident of beating anybody and are more than living up to their favourites tag in the east.

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