LeBron James blows away Toronto as Cleveland advance in National Basketball Association playoffs


Having already crushed the Pacers 4-0, the Cavs became the first team in National Basketball Association history to start 8-0 in two straight playoffs, and win 19 consecutive first and second-round playoff games. "There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

"The closeout game is always tough", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

By the time Sunday's Game 4 began, with Toronto on the brink of elimination, the Raptors had turned in just three competitive quarters over the course of three contests, all of which were decided by double figures.

The Raptors were playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game Two on Thursday (NZ time). Before Game 4 in Salt Lake City on Monday morning, Green said he hasn't been able to watch much of the Cavaliers first few series because they have been lopsided and "boring".

"But without that experience I wouldn't be where I am today". I thought our guys played with grit, toughness, togetherness. If they do in fact complete their march through the East, waiting for them will in all likelihood be a fire breathing octopus of a team that equals Cleveland's prowess on offense and completely shuts down opponents on defense.

John Wall tallied 27 points and 12 assists as the Wizards defeated the Celtics 121-102 yesterday to level their series at 2-2.

Irving put Cleveland in front with a three-pointer with 5:34 to play and made two free throws.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we gotta come back extremely better, individual and team-wise". When James hit a step-back three-pointer to make it 106-95 with less than three minutes to go, the would-be comeback was dead. "You've got to go two blocks, but if there's traffic, it'll take you an hour to get somewhere that's two minutes away".

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Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said he hoped Lowry may yet return to Toronto next season but told ESPN.com he would not lobby him.

Lowry's backcourt mate, DeMar Derozan, signed a five-year $139 million contract last summer. He's helped me tremendously, helped me be me, a better man, a better basketball player.

"I don't know if we made that final click", he added.

"More shooters", DeRozan said. "It's going to be one of those long summers for us". They do a great job of getting him going and it showed tonight. They are clicking on all cylinders as role players Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and JR Smith are going to be key down the stretch. "Korver is one we take credit for because we fell asleep in the second quarter and he came off too clean in a couple of situations". DeRozan left the game briefly with 8:07 to play in the second quarter after he was inadvertently kicked in the midsection while guarding Iman Shumpert. Korver scored 16 points in the second, making four 3-pointers, as Cleveland led 61-49 at halftime. The Raptors' lead had morphed into a 16-point deficit by early in the third quarter. The Cavs opened a five-point lead in the two-plus minutes he missed.

James and the Cavs have yet to lose a game, sweeping the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.

Some think Toronto is better off if Lowry walks. James is scoring 35 points a game and having fun doing it, while every night various other Cavs make key contributions.

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