For the third straight postseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are meeting in the National Basketball Association playoffs. Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m. The following year the Raptors won 51 games, then again, they were no match against the Cavs who destroyed them in four games. Cleveland needed seven games - and several fortuitous calls - to eliminate IN and advance to the second round against the Raptors.
DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the game against the Washington Wizards. Saturday, May 5, 8:30 p.m.
LeBron James flirted with a triple-double as he carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to the next round, keeping his flawless round one record intact.
The Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals, where they overcame a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series to beat the Warriors, 4-3, and claim the first title for a Cleveland professional sports team since the 1964 Browns.
Check out the full tv schedule for the Cavs vs Raptors second round series below.
How the series plays out The Raptors win if... LeBron James is averaging 34.4 points and 7.7 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Former University of Wyoming standout Larry Nance Jr. grabbed four defensive rebounds and scored a point for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 105-101 home win in Game 7 over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue used four different starting lineups against the Pacers, but the one he went to in Game 7 might stick for a while.
The Cavs breezed to a 115-84 victory in Game 1 at The Q. James and Irving led a balanced attack with 27 and 24 points, respectively.
The Cavaliers will now face the Raptors, whom they took two of three against during the regular season.
The Cavaliers have struggled shooting the ball in this series as they hit only 43.4 percent as a team from the field against the Pacers.
His fifth straight victory in a Game 7 spared him from making his first exit in the opening round of the play-offs in 15 National Basketball Association seasons - along with the uncharacteristic shame of failing to even make it to May. James was also the last National Basketball Association player to scored 40 points or more three times in a single playoff series (2015 Finals). Monday, May 7, 8:30 p.m.
With DeRozan and Lowry at the helm of the ship, the Raptors will be a tough team to defend, especially as the series deepens. The reserve unit was bolstered by the return of guard Fred VanVleet, who had missed all but three minutes of the first five games because of a sore right shoulder.
James had 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, despite battling cramps and having to head to the locker room in the third quarter for treatment.
While DeRozan may be the leading scorer this postseason, fellow guard Kyle Lowry hasn't been quiet either.