The Cleveland Cavaliers were "turnt up" in Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. So far in these playoffs, they have swept in and Toronto. They also became the first team in National Basketball Association history to start 8-0 in consecutive playoffs. His 3.3 threes per game is what truly made him unguardable throughout this series. James and the Cavs beat the Raptors in six games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Ibaka scored 23 points for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and eight assists, Joseph scored 20 points and added 12 assists, P.J. Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 10 points. Still, DeRozan acknowledged it won't be easy to close the gap on Cleveland.
"We needed that spark", James said. "He's battle-tested and he came up big".
Kyle Korver added 18 points for the Cavaliers and Channing Frye contributed 10 points from off the bench.
Boston led by 11 points at one point in the second quarter, but it was 48-48 at the break. Ibaka, Tucker and Patrick Patterson are set to become free agents, and there is no guarantee they will return.
The Cavaliers now await the victor of the Boston-Washington series, which is now deadlocked at two games apiece.
The series between the Celtics and Wizards is level at 2-2 after Washington defeated Boston is a topsy-turvy match in the American capital. As the entire National Basketball Association world knows, that picture changed drastically on the heels of the Draymond Green suspension and the Cavs rose from the grave to rattle off three straight wins in the now legendary comeback victory.
"It's rewarding when you can advance", James said. "We lost yesterday. I still have to get my ankle healthy, get treatment, get to that point".
So yes, having James on the Raptors would have likely led to an alternate story ending in Toronto.
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.
LeBron James scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Game Five is tomorrow in Boston. 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 going to be one of those long summers for us".
James added nine rebounds and six assists.
3-Ball: The Cavs used the three-ball once again to ignite their offense. Irving had nine assists.
But how were they able to shed the struggles of the regular season and run through the Indiana Pacers and Raptors in just eight games?
Following a replay review, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the second after he kneed DeRozan in the groin area while going up for a jump shot, an incident that left DeRozan lying on the court in pain.