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Cavs finish off Raptors for 3rd year in row

09 May 2018

LeBron James scored 29 points as Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors and ensure their place in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. We saw that in the first series so now we should be pretty much immune to it. Make James beat you single-handedly: A similar philosophy nearly worked for the Indiana Pacers in the first round, when the Pacers pushed Cleveland to seven games by ensuring just one Cavalier not named LeBron finished with a series scoring average in double figures. James got plenty of points but the six-foot-eight Anunoby didn't make it easy.

Toronto did rally to tie the game with eight seconds remaining, only to be put to the sword by LeBron James' off-balance buzzer-beater from 10 feet out. Then they not only swept the Raptors, but they kept their foot on the gas to make sure they swept the Raptors, from whom the Cavs have won 10 consecutive playoff games, including four-game sweeps in each of the last two years. Well, we might just find out Wednesday night in Game 5. "You see (Toronto) the last couple of games, trying to get physical and trying to pressure the ball". For James, the Google doc is 248 pages long, counting playoffs.James this season, from the first day of training camp on, had never - not once - spoken of the Cavs as though he believed they had a legitimate chance to win a second National Basketball Association championship. DeRozan finished with 13 points after sitting out the fourth quarter in Game 3. If they don't solve the puzzle in Game 4 on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, they will have all summer to ponder the problem. They won four of seven from a tough, talented IN team, followed by an overwhelming four-game sweep of the No.1 seed IN the East.

Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn. He said that things just don't go right for them when Toronto plays Cleveland.

"As everyone was burying my teammates alive throughout that first-round series, I just continued to tell them, 'Listen, we can't win without each and everyone doing their job of being as great as they can be", James said.

Casey said his team played with "our trousers on fire defensively", but struggled to take care of the ball on offence.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey described his team as "emotionally drunk after game one and game three".

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Although he missed all three of his three-pointers, James was a very efficient 12-of-19 (63 percent) from the field in 38 minutes.

For starters, the Cavs starters have meshed into a wonderful two-way group that is playing both ends of the floor with equal efficiency.

A lot of talk on why this Raptors team is different from the ones in past years was their bench.

Cleveland swept Toronto in the Eastern semifinals last season and 4-2 in the East final in 2016.

Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times.

Cavs finish off Raptors for 3rd year in row