LeBron James scores 35 points, Cavaliers sweep Raptors

LeBron James scores 35 points, Cavaliers sweep Raptors

When they watch the replays, they'll see James "sonning" Powell and the Raptors with his play, not with any jersey pulls. With Ibaka and Tucker, Toronto had another option on offense and a solid defender who could match up with LeBron during the postseason if they met up.

Toronto posted back-to-back 50-win seasons for the first time in franchise history and reached the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Granted, they don't have LeBron James on their team, but they boast a pair of All-Stars in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, along with a versatile stretch-four in Serge Ibaka.

If you didn't read the rest of that and just saw the words in bold, I don't entirely blame you. And the first should be obvious. James has now led 11 such postseason sweeps, the most in the history of the National Basketball Association.

Kyrie Irving added 27 points and nine assists, and Channing Frye and Kyle Korver combined for 28 points and were 6-of-9 on 3-pointers.

Lowry wasn't willing to discuss any further details about what is shaping up to be big summer for him, but says he will remain in Toronto until June so his son, Karter, can finish school. "I like sometimes (playing centre more) because I can have an opportunity to be in the paint and block some shots, better than stay away defending the 3-point line (as a power forward)", Ibaka said. Looking at his Game 4 status after reading his comments following Game 3, it looks like Lowry recorded a "DNP-I.QUIT".

In the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers will play either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards for a place in the NBA Finals. "Since the second half of the season, he's really gone to another level".

As great as he played in the from November to April, the playoffs have historically been Lowry's Achilles heel.

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That's the crappiest part about it. "You never thought it would come true, but I worked hard and I'm here and I'm just blessed". Toronto simply has no chance to defeat Cleveland when James is at the top of his game and players like Channing Frye and J.R.

"(The Cavaliers) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons. Coach Ty Lue had his defense blitzing the play aggressively, taking Toronto out of its comfort zone.

There have been moments of contentiousness and friction, and periods of friendship and respect, in an ever-evolving relationship that could determine which path the Toronto Raptors take in what could be a direction-altering summer ahead.

DeRozan wants Lowry back, but won't lobby him, he told ESPN on Sunday.

"You have to give them credit, they are a heck of a three-point-shooting team", DeRozan said.

Also, the Cavaliers became the first team in National Basketball Association history to record back-to-back four-game sweeps over the first two rounds of the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The Cavs have eliminated the Raptors each of the past two years, and this year the series wasn't even close.

Houston made 22 3-pointers in a blowout win in Game 1, but had struggled from long-range in its two losses. He also had a clip of 41.2 percent from three and was one of seven players to average at least three makes from deep a night.