LeBron, Cavaliers back in familiar territory

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

It wasn't a rash decision that led to their most recent sweep, instead it was the impending result of last year's free agency when they allowed Biyombo to sign with the Orlando Magic.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers powered into the Eastern Conference finals yesterday, downing the Toronto Raptors 109-102 to complete a four-game sweep of their playoff series.

Hoping to stave off elimination, the Raptors were more aggressive from the opening whistle than they'd been all series.

With the victory, the 32-year-old James also moved five wins away from reaching his seventh straight NBA Finals dating back to his time with the Miami Heat from 2010-2014.

With James and the rest of his teammates burying opponents with a barrage of 3-pointers, Casey said it will take "a Herculean effort" to unseat the defending champs. "He's battle-tested and he came up big".

Kyrie Irving added 27 points for the Cavaliers, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and had nine assists.

"They have good players, even without Kyle", Lue added.

Looking at the past is a unsafe road teams should be tired of travelling, but it's hard to imagine the Raptors not feeling some sort of regret, especially where they're now headed.

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The Cavaliers opened a 14-point lead on Korver's 3-pointer late in the first half. Trailing 37-36, Kevin Love hit a three and the Cavs went on a 25-13 run to close out the quarter. He led the sad-sack Raptors out of the sullen Andrea Bargnani era, to places where they had never been.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 29 points and Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics 121-102 to tie the second-round series at two games apiece.

Game 5 is Thursday (NZ time) in Boston. If Boston wins, the Celtics will have home court advantage. If the Wizards win, the Cavs will host the first two games. "We just wanted to try to get defensive stops while he was in the zone and we were able to do that". We had to get grittier. James scored 35 points in Game Three and Game Four and now has 5,846 points to trail Jordan by 151 points entering the Eastern Conference Finals. There were no points in the first 2:19 of the game before Cleveland F LeBron James scored on a dunk off a fastbreak.

The Cavs have rolled over IN and Toronto and now await the victor of the Celtics/Wizards series but until then they will get another long break, which only makes them more unsafe. Irving finished with 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting. The Raptors' lead had morphed into a 16-point deficit by early in the third quarter. Porter had 18 points. The Cavs had 10 turnovers.

If that series goes seven, they will have nine days off.

Spoelstra led the Heat on a huge turnaround - after going 11-30 in its first 41 games, Miami went 30-11 in its last 41 games and wound up losing a tiebreaker for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"I will be opting out and that's as far as I've gotten", Lowry said as the Raptors wrapped up the season that ended with Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics now lead, 2-1.

During his tenor on ESPN's "First Take", Bayless was all about ripping King James, even when LeBron finally managed to bring Cleveland a championship.

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