The Cleveland Cavaliers are officially 8-0 in the NBA’s 2017 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Their latest victims are the Toronto Raptors who succumbed to the weight of the team’s offensive pressure on Sunday.
LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists on Sunday afternoon in the 109-102 victory over Toronto.
Kyrie Irving put in 27 points for the Cavs and had nine assists.
Though the Raptors rallied late, there was never a sense of panic on the Cleveland bench as they comfortably held the Canadians in check for the bulk of the game.
Irving in particular had an incredible fourth quarter. His double digit numbers helped Cleveland close out the Raptors.
James said that advancing is a special feeling.
“It’s rewarding when you can advance,” James said. “It’s not just given to you, you have to go out and earn it. Once again I’m part of a team that’s been able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s going to be my ninth time in 14 years. I’ll take those numbers. The fact that we play our best basketball in the postseason lets us know that we’re up for the challenge.”
The Cavaliers now await the winner of the Boston Celtics/ Washington Wizards semi-finals series.
That series has proven to be a physical affair which will leave the winner battered and bruised for the defending NBA champs.
The stars could be lining up for another NBA Finals Clash of the Titans style affair between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors who are running through the Western Conference like bad cheese.