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Cleveland Cavaliers Advance To NBA Finals, Crush Toronto Raptors 113-87

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.

Cleveland Cavaliers Annihilate Toronto Raptors 116-78 In Game Five Of The Eastern Conference Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers at home decimate the Toronto Raptors 116-78 in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavaliers take a 3-2 series lead. Kevin Love had a game high 25 points on 8 of 10 from the field, and buried three triples in 24 minutes. After struggling in the last two games, Love played much better in this game and he simply went off. LeBron James put in 23 points on 10 of 17 from the field including six rebonds, eight assists, and two steals.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on 9 of 17 from the floor, dished out three assists, and stripped away three steals in 27 minutes. Tristan Thompson put up nine points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Richard Jefferson posted 11 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. J.R. Smith registered seven points on 3 of 5 from the floor, plucked six rebounds, and stripped away four steals. Channing Frye managed seven points on 3 of 4 from the field in 13 minutes off the pine.

Cavaliers shot an outstanding 57.1 percent from the field, and shot 47.6 percent on 10 of 21 from three-point range. When the Cavs big three of LeBron, Love, and Irving are all playing well, they are a much tougher team to beat. Cavaliers just played with much more energy, defensive intensity, and played more physical than they did in the last couple of games on the road. The Cavaliers also did not settle for as many three-pointers in this game.

Cavs out-rebounded the Raptors 48 to 27. Cavaliers had a 65-34 lead at halftime, and that was too big of a deficit for the Raptors to even have a chance of them getting back in this game. Cavaliers have a chance to close out this series and advance to the NBA Finals in Game six on Friday in Toronto.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said “Kevin Love being Kevin Love. He had two bad shooting games, and we made a big deal out of it. Nothing he does amazes me. We gotta keep him aggressive all the time.”

For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led the way with 14 points, but shot merely 2 of 8 from the field. Kyle Lowry concluded with 13 points on 5 of 12 from the field, and handed out six assists in 29 minutes. Bimack Biyombo racked up seven points, snatched four rebounds, and blocked one shot. Biyombo wasn’t nearly as effective as he was in the last two games in this series. Jonas Valanciunas added nine points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field off the bench.

This was Valanciunas first game back since the second round of the playoffs when he injured his ankle. Luis Scola dumped in seven points on 3 of 4 from the field, and gave out three assists in 15 minutes. The Raptors have just played horrible every time they play in Cleveland and they have always gotten blown out. They once again did not show up in Cleveland this game, but the Raptors have always played well against Cleveland at home this season.

Raptors shot 39 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 17.6 percent on 3 of 17 from three-point distance. Raptors did play sloppy with 18 turnovers. The Raptors are going to have to win at home next game in Toronto, and they also are going to have to win on the road in Cleveland for them to have a chance at winning the series now that they are down three games to two.

Toronto Raptors Stun Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 In Game Three Of The Eastern Conference Finals

The Toronto Raptors at home rout the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavaliers still have a 2-1 lead in the series. DeMar Derozan led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 24 from the field including five rebounds and four assists. Kyle Lowry dropped in 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and drained four three-pointers. Bismack Biyombo contributed 7 points on 3 of 6 from the floor, plucked 26 rebounds, and blocked four shots.

Biyombo was huge for the Raptors in this game, and he set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds. Cory Joseph added 14 points on 6 of 10 from the field to go along with five rebounds, and three assists off the bench. DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points on 4 of 11 from the field, and pulled down four rebounds. Patrick Patterson poured in 10 points on 4 of 10 from the field, and gathered six rebounds off the pine. This was a must win for the Raptors at home, and they desperately needed a win after getting blown out in Games one and two.

Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas is still out for the Raptors with an ankle injury. Raptors shot a respectable 45.8 percent from the field, and shot 38.7 percent on 12 of 31 from three-point distance. Raptors played outstanding defense, and they allowed the Cavs to score only 84 points on 35.4 percent shooting from the field. Raptors out-rebounded the Cavs 54 to 40. Raptors will look to tie this series 2-2 at home on Monday.

For the Cavs, LeBron James led the way with 24 points on 9 of 17 from the field, snatched eight rebounds, dished out five assists, and stripped away two steals. J.R. Smith logged 22 points on 7 of 16 from the floor, picked up five rebounds, and buried six three-pointers. Kyrie Irving finished with 13 points but shot merely 3 of 19 from the field. Channing Frye supplied 11 points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and made three triples. Kevin Love scored only three points and shot a horrid 1 of 9 from the field.

Irving and Love shot a combined 4 of 28 from the field, and the Cavs can’t expect to win games with those two players shooting that poorly. Irving and Love must play much better in game four for the Cavs to have a chance to win. Cavaliers shot just 35.4 percent from the field, and shot 34 percent on 14 of 41 from three-point range. Cavaliers just had an off shooting night and they only scored a total of 84 points. This was the first game in all of the playoffs the Cavs scored under 100 points, and this was also the Cavs first lost in the playoffs after going 10-0.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said “They came out and they beat us. They were more aggressive. They were more physical. They were more active. They beat us to the ball.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Manhandled Toronto Raptors In Game Two Of The Eastern Conference Finals 108-89

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home blow out Toronto Raptors once again in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals 108-89. Cavaliers take a 2-0 series lead. LeBron James posted a triple double with 23 points on 7 of 13 from the field to go along with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and stripped away three steals. LeBron passes Shaquille Oneal for the all-time scoring list in the playoffs. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 26 points on 12 of 22 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists.

Kevin Love put in 19 points on 5 of 8 from the field, plucked five rebounds, gave out three assists, and blocked one shot. J.R. Smith notched 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and made three triples in 27 minutes. Tristan Thompson put up nine points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Channing Frye added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the floor, and picked up four rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. Cavaliers shot a solid 50 percent from the field, but shot merely 33.3 percent on 7 of 21 from beyond the arc.

The Cavaliers continue to dominate in the playoffs against Eastern Conference teams, and their record is now 10-0 so far in the playoffs. The Cavaliers chemistry has now been clicking in the playoffs. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are flourishing exceptionally well and they have never played this well together for the past two seasons. The Cavs were only up 30-28 at the end of the first quarter, and the Raptors eventually took a 43-42 lead, but the Cavs closed the half on a 20-5 run.

The Cavaliers were leading by double digits for the entire second half. The Cavaliers have really embarrassed the Raptors in the first two games of this series, and the Cavaliers won by a combined 50 points in the first two games. The Cavaliers will head to Toronto for Game three in the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday. Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue becomes the first coach in NBA history to start the playoffs 10-0 in there first season as head coach.

For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led the way with 22 points on 8 of 18 from the field, and collected five rebounds. James Johnson contributed 11 points on 5 of 7 from the field off the pine. Cory Joseph poured in 11 points on 5 of 10 from the floor including five rebounds, three assists, two steals off the bench. Terrance Ross scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field off the pine in 17 minutes. Kyle Lowry had another poor shooting night as he finished with 10 points on 4 of 14 from the field, and also committed five turnovers.

Bismack Biyombo racked up three points, gathered five rebounds, and blocked two shots. Lowry has to play at an all-star level for the Raptors to have any chance to beat the Cavaliers in this series. Raptors shot only 40.2 percent from the field, and shot an awful 27.3 percent on 9 of 33 from three-point distance. Raptors simply did not show up in game one and game two in this series. The Raptors aren’t executing on offense while they cannot get stops on the defensive end.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said “We’re not quitting. Anybody can bury us, but we’re not quitting. I refuse to believe that.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Dominate Toronto Raptors 115-84 In Game One Of The Eastern Conference Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in game one in the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavaliers take a 1-0 series lead. Kyrie Irving had a game high 27 points on 11 of 17 from the field including five assists, two steals, and blocked two shots in 30 minutes. LeBron James put in 24 points on an efficient 11 of 13 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, and stripped away two steals in 28 minutes. Kevin Love dropped in 14 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, plucked four rebounds, and gave out three assists.

Matthew Dellavedova pitched in nine points on 3 of 4 from the field, and handed out three assists off the bench in 14 minutes. Channing Frye added eight points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and picked up three rebounds off the pine. Iman Shumpert finished with eight points on 3 of 4 from the field off the bench. Richard Jefferson racked up nine points on 2 of 6 from the field, and pulled down 11 rebounds off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a remarkable 55.4 percent from the field, and shot 35 percent on 7 of 20 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers continue to play so well in the playoffs, and they’re record is now 9-0 in the playoffs so far, and they swept the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds. The Cavaliers had a 66-44 lead at halftime, and the Raptors never had a chance to come back in the second half. The Cavaliers did not make as many threes in this game, but they out-scored the Raptors in the paint 56 to 36. Irving and LeBron were in attack mode, and the Raptors had no answer for them. Cavaliers also out-rebounded the Raptors 45 to 23.

The Cavaliers have played much better in the playoffs then they were playing in the regular season. The Cavs are just playing more consistent in the playoffs, and their team chemistry has been much better. If the Cavaliers continue to play the way they have been playing in the playoffs, it is going to be hard for any team to beat them. Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday.

For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led the way with 18 points on 9 of 17 from the field, and dished out five assists. Bismack Biyombo managed 12 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field, and collected four rebounds. James Johnson contributed 10 points on 4 of 6 from the floor to go along with four rebounds off the bench. Kyle Lowry had an off night with eight points on merely 4 of 14 from the field. Luis Scola scored seven points off the pine.

Rookie Delon Wright dumped in seven points on 1 of 2 from the field off the bench. The Raptors shot 42.1 percent from the field, and shot a horrible 20.8 percent on 5 of 24 from three-point distance. The Raptors were off to a good start to the game and had a 15-9 lead, but they really fell apart as the game went on, and the Cavaliers demolished them by 31 points. The Raptors just gave up way too many points in this game, and they gave up 66 points in the first half which they cannot afford to give up that many points. Meanwhile, Jonas Valanciunas did not play in this game for the Raptors with an ankle injury. The Raptors will look to bounce back in game two in Cleveland on Thursday.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said “They’re a very good team. They’re at the top of their game. But we’re both here for a reason. Nobody gives us a chance. So there shouldn’t be any pressure on our guys.”

Frye’s 27 Points Leads Cavs Past Hawks In Game Three Of The Playoffs 121-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers take charge in the second half to beat Atlanta Hawks in game three of the second round in the playoffs 121-108. Cavaliers take a 3-0 series lead. LeBron James posted a double-double with 24 points on 8 of 16 from the field including 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Kyrie Irving put in 24 points on 9 of 19 from the floor, dished out three assists, hit four three-pointers, and stripped away three steals. Kevin Love chipped in a double double with 21 points on 7 of 17 from the field, grabbed 15 rebounds, and knocked down five three-pointers.

Channing Frye had a huge spark off the bench for the Cavs with 27 points on 10 of 13 from the floor, plucked seven rebounds, and made seven three-pointers in 28 minutes. The Cavaliers could not have won this game if it weren’t for Frye’s contribution. Tristan Thompson racked up seven points on merely 1 of 6 from the field, and pulled down 13 rebounds. Thompson shot only 5 of 12 from the charity stripe.

Iman Shumpert added five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and gathered four rebounds off the pine. This was another great team effort for the Cavaliers, and they made a total of 21 three-pointers in this game. The Cavs shot a solid 49.4 percent from the field, and shot a remarkable 53.8 percent on 21 of 39 from three-point range.

The Cavs were losing by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, but they responded well and the Cavs out-scored the Hawks 36 to 17 in the entire fourth quarter. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Hawks 55 to 28. The Cavaliers did play sloppy with 18 turnovers, but the Cavs shot the ball so well in this game and they still scored 121 points. The Cavs overall did not play good defense in this game, but they held the Hawks to only 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers will have a chance to close out this series in game four on Sunday in Atlanta.

LeBron James on Channing Frye “We brought him here to shoot. And shoot and shoot and shoot.”

For the Hawks, Al Horford led the way and concluded with 24 points on 11 of 15 from the field. Jeff Teague recorded a double double with 19 points on 7 of 17 from the field, and handed out 14 assists. Paul Millsap logged 17 points on 7 of 17 shooting, picked up eight rebounds, and gave out four assists. Dennis Schroder contributed eight points, and dished out four assists in 12 minutes off the bench. Kris Humphries poured in nine points on 4 of 9 from the field, snatched four rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine.

Hawks shot 48.8 percent from the field, and shot an excellent 47.1 percent on 16 of 34 from three-point distance. The Hawks just could not get enough stops to win this game. They cannot afford to give up 121 points to the Cavs, and Cavs made way too many three pointers once again in this game. The Hawks cannot figure out how to stops the Cavs from making all these three pointers in this series. It will be a win or go home game for the Hawks in game four at home.

Cleveland Cavaliers Break All-Time Three Point Makes Record, Demolish Atlanta Hawks 123-98

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home storm past the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 in game two of the second round in the playoffs. Cavaliers take a 2-0 series lead. LeBron James had a game high 27 points on 9 of 15 from the field including four rebounds, five assists, three steals, and sunk four three-pointers in 28 minutes. J.R. Smith scored 23 points on 8 of 14 from the field, hit seven three-pointers, and stripped away two steals. J.R. simply went off in this game, and the Hawks could not stop him.

Kyrie Irving put in 19 points on 5 of 9 from the field, dished out six assists, and drained four three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 11 points on 3 of 11 from the field, plucked 13 rebounds, and made three triples in 26 minutes. Channing Frye added 12 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, and snatched five rebounds off the pine. Richard Jefferson contributed eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert dumped in seven points on 3 of 3 from the floor, and gave out three assists off the bench.

Shumpert attacked the basket and dunked ferociously, and the Cavs bench went nuts. The Cavaliers broke the all-time three-point record as they shot 55.6 percent on 25 of 45 from three-point distance. The Cavaliers shot 47.1 percent from the field. This was one of the most impressive performances in team history for the Cavaliers. The Cavs were winning 74-38 at halftime, and they scored a total of 123 points in the game.

The Cavaliers were moving the ball and executing on offense so well, and the Hawks had no answer for them. The Cavaliers as the game went on just kept on making three-pointers over and over again. Ten different players for the Cavaliers made a three-pointer. The Cavs also played excellent defense in this game as they allowed the Hawks to score 38 points at halftime, and Hawks only scored a total of 98 points. The Cavaliers are starting to play the style of the play like the Warriors play, and it has worked out well for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers will head to Atlanta to face off the Atlanta Hawks in game three of the playoffs on Friday.

LeBron James said “Tonight was a special night for all of us who played. This league has seen so many great teams, so many great players, and great shooters, and for us to set an all-time record is truly special.”

For the Hawks, Paul Millsap recored a double-double with 16 points on 4 of 8 from the field, accumulated 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Jeff Teague totaled 14 points on 3 of 10 from the field, and handed out six assists. Al Horford dropped in 10 points, blocked one shot, and pulled down three rebounds. Mike Muscala registered 10 points on 4 of 5 from the field off the pine. Kris Humphries compiled 12 points, and nabbed nine rebounds.

Thabo Sefolosha finished with 10 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field off the bench. The Hawks started to give up after they were down 35 to 20 at the end of the first quarter, and they just had no sense of urgency in this game. The Hawks could not ever force the Cavaliers to miss three-pointers. The Hawks are going to have a hard time winning one game in this series with the way the have been playing. The Hawks shot merely 42.3 percent from the field.

Kyle Korver said “When they put those shots down, I don’t know if anyone can beat them, to be honest.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Top Atlanta Hawks In Game Two Of The Playoffs 104-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home thump the Atlanta Hawks in game two of the second round in the playoffs 104-93. Cavaliers take a 1-0 series lead. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 25 points on 11 of 21 from the field including seven rebounds, nine assists, and five steals. Kyrie Irving put in 21 points on 8 of 18 from the field, dished out eight assists, blocked two shots, and hit three triples. Kevin Love put up a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but Love had an off shooting night as he shot 4 of 17 from the floor.

Tristan Thompson racked up eight points on 3 of 6 from the field, and grabbed 14 rebounds. J.R. Smith managed 12 points on 4 of 8 from the field, made four three-pointers, and pulled down five rebounds. Richard Jefferson added eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor off the bench in 10 minutes. Channing Frye poured in eight points in nine minutes off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 44.6 percent from the field, and they shot a solid 48.4 percent on 15 of 31 from three-point range.

The Cavaliers were up by as many as 18 points in the second half, but they let the Hawks come back and the Hawks eventually were leading by one point in the second half. The Cavaliers were able to close out this game well getting some key stops and LeBron making a couple baskets when the Cavs really needed it. The Cavaliers played excellent defense in this game as they held the Hawks to 93 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers will host the Atlanta Hawks in game two of the playoffs on Wednesday.

LeBron James said “We played an ok game. I don’t think we played to our standards. The first game is always kind of a feel-out.”

For the Hawks, Dennis Schroder off the bench had a game high 27 points on 10 of 20 from the field to go along with three rebounds, six assists, and buried five three-pointers. The Cavaliers had no answer for Schroder in this game. Kent Bazemore recorded a double-double with 16 points on 6 of 14 from the field, plucked 12 rebounds, and handed out four assists. Paul Millsap dropped in 17 points on merely 6 of 19 from the field, gathered 13 rebounds, and blocked four shots. Al Horford put up 10 points on just 4 of 13 from the field, and picked up six rebounds.

Mike Scott contributed seven points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor, and nabbed four rebounds off the bench. The Hawks really struggled shooting in this game as they shot 38 percent from the field, and shot 32.4 percent on 11 of 34 from the field. The Hawks were able to come back in this game after being down by 18 points, and the Hawks did a good job fighting hard in this game, but the Hawks just could not execute well enough on offense. The Hawks will look to even the series in game two on the road on Wednesday.