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Cavs hold off Celtics in Game 7

The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a hostile crowd and cold shooting to beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals 87-79, sending them to their fourth-straight NBA Finals. The Cavs won the best-of-seven series 4-3.

Bucks lose late lead at Cleveland

Kyrie Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points while battling a flu bug, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.   Irving played despite being ill the past two days and missing practice Thursday. Although he wasn't at his best, the All-Star guard played 43 minutes and carried the Cavs to their fifth win in six home games.   Earl Clark made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 44 seconds left, and Jarrett Jack added 17 points for the Cavs.   With Milwaukee down by three, O.J. Mayo missed two 3-pointers in the last 10 seconds.   Mayo had 20 points, John Henson 18 and Brandon Knight added 17 and a career-high 14 rebounds as the Bucks lost their fifth straight.   AP-WF-12-21-13 0330GMT