NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers sweep out Raptors

LeBron James looks to drive against the Raptors.

LeBron James recorded 29 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game eastern conference semi-final sweep of Toronto by rolling to a 128-93 victory over the visiting Raptors at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Kevin Love scored 23 points to help fourth-seeded Cleveland reach the eastern conference finals for the fourth straight campaign. Kyle Korver scored 16 points, J.R. Smith added 15 on 6-of-6 shooting, and George Hill had 12 points as the Cavaliers dominated top-seeded Toronto over the final 31 minutes.

Cleveland recorded its 10th straight post-season triumph over Toronto. The Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors for the third straight season.

‘‘It was a great series for us,’’ James said afterwards. ‘‘We had a lot of challenges before the series knowing the domination they had in the regular season. So we had a great game plan and we just tried to execute it as close to 48 minutes as possible.’’

Toronto star DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points before being ejected late in the third quarter. Backcourt partner Kyle Lowry had just five points to go with 10 assists.

Jonas Valanciunas scored a team-best 18 points for the Raptors. C.J. Miles notched 13 points, Serge Ibaka added 12 and Delon Wright tallied 10.

The Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers in the east finals.

The Raptors became the third NBA team to be swept in a series before the conference-final stage.

The 1969 Baltimore Bullets dropped four in a row to the New York Knicks in the eastern division semifinals, and the 1951 Philadelphia Warriors fell 2-0 to the Syracuse Nationals in the eastern division semi-finals.

The only other No.1 seed to be swept at any point over the past 15 years was the 2015 Atlanta Hawks, who also fell 4-0 to James and the Cavaliers.


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