Hoping to stave off elimination, the Raptors were more aggressive from the opening whistle than they'd been all series.
Seven days. In what felt like a blink of the eye, the Cleveland Cavaliers first dismantled the Toronto Raptors, and then the Cavaliers hung on to finish the sweep and end the Raptors season, and perhaps the team as now constituted as well.
With a 3-0 series lead, the Cavaliers had no real reason to be concerned - and James' interaction here proves as much. Once again I'm part of a team that's been able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Serge Ibaka scored 23 points to lead the way for Toronto, which had 0 fast break points and trailed by as many as 16 points. Lowry's absence in Games 3 and 4 was a factor. "He's battle-tested and he came up big".
"It's never easy especially in a close-out game", said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and added nine assists. While the child can play the levels, filling in the letters and solving the puzzles, afterwards the parent can read the unlocked short stories so they can both experience more of Pawcho's adventures. Channing Frye scored 10 points, as well. It's going to take some of his best handiwork yet to get the Raptors moving in the right direction, because right now they are not. "One of the hardest things to do is sweep teams". Trailing 37-36, Kevin Love hit a three and the Cavs went on a 25-13 run to close out the quarter.
The Raptors led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter that ended tied at 28.
Though the Raptors were without Kyle Lowry the final two games, the Cavaliers nonetheless looked like the better team, outscoring the Raptors by a combined 61 points in four games. If Boston wins, the Celtics will have home court advantage. If the Wizards win, the Cavs will host the first two games.
"Honestly man, I wanna just get better, I wanna have fun, I wanna win a ring".
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It really isn't a far gone conclusion that James doesn't care who is in front of the Cavs in the playoffs, but that he's aiming for his 4th crown and 2nd consecutive for his hometown of Cleveland.
For the fourth game in a row, LeBron James scored at least 35 points, as the 32-year-old continued his dominant Playoffs form. After making 15-of-16 free throws in Game Three, James followed that up with 8-of-9 in Game Four from the charity stripe. "It's gonna be one of them long summers for us".
Raptors: Toronto shot 10-for-29 from 3-point range. Still, Kyrie finished the game with nine assists and just one turnover.
DeRozan, who was coming off a career playoff high 37 points, went down in a heap in the second quarter after taking a knee to the groin from Iman Shumpert. Porter had 18 points.
"Winning time, just understanding the magnitude of the game, what was at stake", Irving said.
Gay, who played in 30 games this past season before rupturing his left Achilles' tendon January 18 against in, had informed the team he planned to opt out prior to the start of the season.
But as they have done seemingly at will in this series, the Cavs went on a run.
The Cavs won't play until next Monday at the earliest, depending on how the Celtics-Wizards series shakes out.