FRYE LEADS ANOTHER 3-POINT BARRAGE, CAVS BEAT HAWKS 121-108
ATLANTA (AP) -- Channing Frye scored a career playoff-high 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept up their 3-point barrage Friday night, pulling away in the closing minutes for a 121-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Two nights after setting an NBA record with 25 baskets beyond the arc, the Cavaliers were nearly as good in a 21-of-39 performance from long range that moved them within one victory of their second playoff sweep over the Hawks in two years.
Atlanta turned in a much more respectable showing after getting blown out in Game 2. But in the end, it was the same result for a team that has lost 10 straight to the Cavaliers going back to last year's conference final.
The Hawks led by as many as 11 but were dominated in the closing minutes.
Game 4 is Sunday in Atlanta.
Cleveland stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 24 points, while the third member of the Big Three, Kevin Love, chipped in with 21. That's to be expected.
Not so for Frye, whose previous high in these playoffs was 12 points and best showing ever in the postseason was a 20-point effort in 2010, when he played for Phoenix.
The 32-year-old forward made 10 of 13 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds, a devastating blow for an Atlanta team that already was outgunned by the Cavaliers and couldn't cope with someone else stepping into a lead role.