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LeBron James scores 33, Cavs advance to NBA Finals with 113-87 win to close out Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 27, 2016

TORONTO: LeBron James exited the game with three minutes left and began celebrating. He hugged his coach, hugged teammates and even hugged Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. There was plenty of reason to celebrate.

The Cavaliers are going back to the NBA Finals.

James scored 33 points – his first 30-point game of these playoffs – and the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-87 Friday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, sending them to the NBA Finals for the second time in as many years.

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LeBron James wants Cavs to play with urgency; Raptors coach Dwane Casey won't reveal lineup

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 27, 2016

TORONTO: LeBron James expects to see an urgency out of the Cavs from tonight’s opening tip that didn’t really exist in Games 3 and 4 at Air Canada Centre. The Cavaliers can advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6.

“Urgency from the start, all the way to the end,” James said. “Obviously this is it for them. We have the same mentality. This is our Game 7 and that’s how we approach it.”

The Cavs fell behind by 18 during a Game 4 loss here on Monday. They have yet to match the Raptors’ energy in either game in this building, just as the Cavs have outplayed the Raptors in Cleveland.

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Cavs 116, Raptors 78: Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on Kevin Love, podiums and ice buckets

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 26, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 second-quarter points in Wednesday’s 116-78 win over the Toronto Raptors, giving the Cavs a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals…

1.      The hottest shooter in the building was soaking his feet in an ice bucket while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dressed for the podium late Wednesday night. Kevin Love broke out of his shooting funk with a terrific night, then shot down the idea of going to the podium and instead enjoyed his lengthy postgame routine in silence while James and Irving even made the long walk down the corridor and into the interview room inside Quicken Loans Arena.

MOREMarla Ridenour: Cavaliers shed their sense of entitlement, go from dormant to dominant in Game 5 against Raptors

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As Kevin Love bounces back, teammate disputes his fall-guy label for Cavaliers' two losses

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 26, 2016

CLEVELAND: Richard Jefferson didn’t like what he was hearing. He didn’t want Kevin Love to be the “fall guy” for the Cavaliers’ two losses in Toronto.

So after Love busted out of a 5 for 23 shooting slump Wednesday night with 25 points in 24 minutes of their 116-78 victory over the Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Jefferson criticized the media for focusing on Love instead of the team’s shortcomings.

“He doesn’t have anything to make up for. No disrespect to anybody here, but that all a bunch of media B.S., if you ask me,” Jefferson said in the hallway at Quicken Loans Arena. “The guy had a bad game. We’d won 10 straight. He can have a bad game. Was he the only one who didn’t shoot the ball well? No. Was he the only person that might have struggled a little bit defensively? It looked like Kyle Lowry had 30-something points.

“As a group it was never him, it was never one individual. That was who was going to be the fall guy in the media’s eyes. We didn’t view it that way. Yes, we wanted him to play better, we all did. But he didn’t need to prove anything to us. He’d had eight double-doubles in the first 10 games. We were a little taken aback that everyone thought it was his fault. Those losses weren’t his fault. We all didn’t do our job. We took some of those things personally, the questions that were being asked.”

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Tristan Thompson helps Cavaliers ‘throw the first punch’ in 116-78 Game 5 victory over Raptors

By Michael Beaven Published: May 26, 2016

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson knew he and his teammates needed to bounce back Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The effort and play in Games 3 and 4 were just not up to par for the Cavaliers as the Raptors built leads and won both games in Toronto to even the best of seven series.

“The last couple of games we didn’t bring the juice, we didn’t bring the energy,” Thompson said. “They threw the first punch, so tonight T-Lue [Cavs coach Tyronn Lue] told us in the pre-game huddle: ‘Throw the first punch and come out and play really aggressive and play hard,’ and that is what we did.”

The Cavs came out fast Wednesday and secured a 116-78 win over the Raptors to take a three games to two lead in the series. The Cavs will seek a win Friday to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.

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