Cavaliers complete sweep of Raptors, reach conference finals


LBJ: After passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in playoffs games in Game Two, LeBron James now has his sights set on all-time leader Michael Jordan, who has 5,987 points.

A day after the Raptors' season ended in a four-game sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lowry didn't hint about his intentions or the criteria for his decision.

"You surround LeBron with shooters ... he draws so much attention that if you help a little bit too much he finds them and they knock them down on a consistent basis, you get in trouble".

When you stop and think about what was just said, it's quite incredible. Should Washington advance, the Cavaliers will have home-court advantage for the Eastern Conference Finals.

Last year's NBA Champions defeated Toronto 109-102 to remain unbeaten in the Playoffs this season. "Whatever it takes to beat the best, that's what I've got to do".

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His current streak of NBA Finals appearances is already a total unmatched since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s. The Cavs were 16 for 41 from 3-point range.

"Give credit to (Raptors coach Dwane) Casey, he had them ready to play, they came out and competed".

Joseph said off-season work made him a catch-and-shoot three-point threat (only Tucker and Lowry shot better on those types of outside shots this season) and now he wants to add off-the-dribble three-point proficiency to his game so that if opponents go under him on screens, he can pull-up and punish them instead of having someone else create for him. Forwards Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, acquired at the trade deadline to beef up Toronto's front line, are free agents.

Channing Frye scored 10 points, and Irving had nine assists for Cleveland.

Casey said: "It's tough because we know we can play better than we did in the first two games, and we didn't".

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This is the third straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals for the Cavaliers and the seventh straight trip for a LeBron-led team. They were the one team James struggled to get past and eliminated him in 2010, which turned out to be his last playoff series before leaving Cleveland for Miami.

Bench Brigade: Led by Kyle Korver, the Cavs bench out scored the Raptors bench, 26-7 in the first half. Lowry and DeRozan have delivered the best era in Raptors history: the four winningest seasons in franchise history, the first four consecutive playoff berths, the first three wins in a best-of-seven series. "One of the hardest things to do is sweep teams".

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A rim protector who can shoot and defend on the perimeter, Ibaka fits the 3-point friendly style now employed by numerous league's top contenders. "Learning from DeMar (DeRozan), hopefully being able to work out with some other of the best players in this league (like fellow UCLA alum and potential MVP Russell Westbrook, a frequent workout partner), really develop my mental focus and learn from them".

James is averaging 34.4 points per game through the first two rounds, but it goes beyond that. James said to the fan.

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