A hobbled LeBron James initially asked to check out of the game in overtime before quickly changing his mind and waving off his substitute. He grimaced slightly after knocking down the go-ahead 3- pointer with under a minute left and was on all fours near midcourt after Shelvin Mack's potentially game-tying 3 clanked off the rim at the buzzer. The battered and bruised Cleveland Cavaliers are a win away from the NBA Finals. A victory on Tuesday could give them some needed rest before then. James had his first triple-double this postseason with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists and the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 on Sunday night to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James, who missed his first 10 shots from the field, ended 14-of-37 from the field. His shot to give Cleveland a 112-111 advantage with 36.4 seconds left was his only 3 of the game. Jeff Teague, who posted 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds, drove down the lane and had a step on James at the other end, but James altered the shot and Teague's layup was well off the mark. James banked in a runner with 12.8 ticks on the clock and Mack missed a pair of 3s in the final five seconds. The four-time NBA MVP James favored his right leg more much of the extra session and dropped face down on the court in exhaustion when the horn sounded. Blatt said that James began cramping up in overtime, but stayed in the game because he (James) knew Cleveland couldn't win without him. James didn't find the scoring column until the 8:05 mark of the second quarter and recorded his first field goal just over a minute later.
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - After allowing 10 goals over the previous two games, Ben Bishop bounced back with a stellar performance in net to back Tampa Bay's defensive revival during Sunday's all-important Game 5. Bishop made 26 saves for his second career playoff shutout and Steven Stamkos continued to display his renewed scoring touch to guide the Lightning to a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Stamkos tied a franchise postseason record by scoring in a fourth straight game and also assisted on Valtteri Filppula's goal for the Lightning, who took a 3-2 series lead by killing off all four penalties and blocking 24 shots. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots for the Rangers, who were unable to build upon their 5-1 thrashing of the Lightning on Friday. The Lightning can book their first Stanley Cup final appearance since 2004 with a win in Game 6 at home on Tuesday.