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Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cavaliers sweep Raptors, 76ers stay alive

Cavaliers sweep Raptors, 76ers stay alive

The Toronto Raptors were supposed to be a better team ahead of a playoffs rematch with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers this year, but nothing in their Eastern Conference Finals supported that type of expectation.

On the official play-by-play sheet, James' shot was listed as: "L.James 10' Driving Bank Shot".

Before the playoffs began, the Cavaliers, who are finally meshing after months of upheaval, were 38-0 when leading after three quarters.

James has done it at both ends in the waning moments of games all season for a team that has only four holdovers from its 2016 title squad.

Toronto has made it past the second round just once under Casey despite being a top-four seed all five times. We want to continue to improve.

To be perfectly honest, this series was over after the Raptors' oh-so-Raptory collapse in Game 1.

While that speaks volume for how poor the Raptors were in large parts of the series-it would have been legitimate to expect a lot more from the team that topped the Eastern Conference in the regular season-the Cavs appear to be hitting their stride at the right time and they will fancy their chances against either Boston or the Philadelphia in the conference finals.

With averages 34 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, LeBron averaged over 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a sweep for the third time.

James has led his team in points and assists for a record 12 straight games.

The Cavaliers' and Raptors' Eastern Conference semifinal produced a familiar theme. Like he does every year, James has elevated his game in the postseason.

That 43, embellished with eight rebounds and 14 assists, was a follow-up to LeBron's triple-double 26-11-13 as Cleveland eked out a 113-112 overtime triumph in Game One that was unfairly dismissed as "a steal of a win" for the Cavs. Love was the only other Cavs player besides James to average double digits against Indiana. And I think anybody who played against him can see that but at some point, that's gonna come down. "It's their will to win and making everyone better".

"And now there's the spectre of you going up against Boston but it will be without Kyrie Irving".

Kevin Love added 23 points while J.R. Smith also had 15 points for the Cavs.

Lue and James said they never saw the SNL skit, but clearly, confidence in Cavs camp is mighty high these days after things seemed pretty shaky less than two weeks ago when Cleveland trailed in 2-1.

Game 1 for the Toronto Raptors had their name written all over it.

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