LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready for the next round. One thing is certain: Love was angry after Cleveland beat Boston 101-93, a game he left midway through the first quarter Sunday with a dislocated left shoulder. Kelly Olynyk had his right arm entangled with Love's left arm - a move Love called ''bush league'' and intentional- as both went for a loose ball.
The Los Angeles Clippers answered their worst loss in playoff history with one of their most uplifting victories. Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday to even their first-round series at two games apiece. The Clippers, who bounced back from a 100-73 loss in Game 3, host Game 5 on Tuesday. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said the team's ''spirit'' was broken during that lopsided loss, but he didn't coddle his players during a two-hour film session Saturday.
Adam Wainwright was a cheerleader on the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series title team, out the entire year following reconstructive elbow surgery, suiting up and slapping fives in the dugout. The staff ace of the NL Central leaders might be reduced to that status again from an injury that came with him batting. ''There's nothing I can do about it, so might as well not be nervous about it or worried about it,'' Wainwright said after Sunday's 6-3 loss at Milwaukee. ''Worry doesn't do anybody any good.'' The 33-year-old Wainwright had to be helped off the field after getting injured stumbling out of the batter's box after popping out in the fifth inning Saturday, saying the ''foot just shut down on me.'' ''Unfortunately, it is not great news,'' general manager John Mozeliak said in a video on the Cardinals' website.