The Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the NBA Finals with a 113-87 win in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals on the road against the Toronto Raptors. Cavaliers win the series four games to two. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 33 points on 13 of 22 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds, six assists, blocked three shots, and hit three triples. LeBron was playing aggressive from the start and he was ready to end this series, and advance to the NBA Finals for his sixth consecutive season. Kyrie Irving put in 30 points on 12 of 24 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, dished out nine assists, and stripped away three steals.
Kevin Love posted a double double with 20 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, plucked 12 rebounds, gave out four assists, and made four three-pointers. The Cavaliers are 6-0 in the playoffs when LeBron, Love, and Irving each score 20 plus points in one game. J.R. Smith pitched in 15 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and nailed five three-pointers. Channing Frye added six points on 2 of 3 from the floor off the bench. Cavaliers shot 54 percent from the field, and shot an incredible 54.8 percent on 17 of 31 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers had a 55-41 lead at halftime, after the Cavs had really struggled in the first half in games three and four in Toronto. The Raptors were starting to come back and were down by 10 points earlier in the fourth quarter, but the Cavs ended up destroying the Raptors badly by 26 points. The Cavaliers were simply on fire, and they were executing on offense, and moving the ball really well. This was how the Cavs wanted to play to end this series and go to the NBA Finals. They took care of business, and they treated this game as if it were a game seven.
Cavaliers held the Raptors to only score 87 points on 41.8 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers really stepped up their defense in this game better then they did the last two games they played in Toronto. The Cavaliers will advance to the NBA Finals and will meet the winner in the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said “This city has been craving a championship. We have the right team and we have the right talent.”
For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 35 points on 11 of 22 from the field, drained six three pointers, and handed out three assists. Lowry gave everything he got for the Raptors, but it wasn’t near enough for them to compete with the Cavaliers in this game. DeMar Derozan concluded with 20 points on 9 of 18 from the field, and handed out three assists. Derozen will be a free agent this off-season. Bimack Biyombio dropped in four points including nine rebounds, and blocked one shot.
Jonas Valanciunas compiled six points on 3 of 5 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds in 17 minutes off the pine. Patrick Patterson contributed nine points on merely 3 of 9 from the field off the bench. The Toronto Raptors season comes to an end, but they finished off the best season in franchise history after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Raptors as a team struggled shooting from the field, and they could not stop the Cavaliers on the defensive end as the Cavaliers scored 113 points. Raptors had no answer for LeBron, and Irving as they both scored 30 points or more. Lowry played an exceptional game for the Raptors, but he did not get much help from the rest of his team.