CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers celebrated a Game 7 victory on Sunday night and then returned to the “drawing board” on Monday with coach Tyronn Lue and his staff.

“The guys did a good job of staying mentally tough … and now you got to flip the switch to the next series,” Lue said Sunday after the Cavs beat the Indiana Pacers 105-101 to win an Eastern Conference first-round series at Quicken Loans Arena. “We can enjoy it for today, but tomorrow we have to get right back to the drawing board.”

The Pacers gave the Cavs all they could handle for seven games, and now the Cavs must face a Toronto Raptors team that is led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 1 between the Cavs and Raptors is at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 102-92 on Friday to win their series in six games.

“They’re a very tough team that plays well at home,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “They’re another team, like Indiana, that can play a number of different ways. They have bigs that are somewhat unorthodox and can play inside or outside, pick and pop. They have a lot of guards, especially those two guys out front in Lowry and DeRozan that are gonna be very tough to stop.”

The sides have a recent history in the postseason as the Cavs have eliminated the Raptors from the past two playoffs, posting a record of 8-2. The 2016 NBA champion Cavs squad beat the Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals, and the 2017 Cavs dispatched the Raptors with a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“They’re a tough team,” Cavs guard Kyle Korver said of the Raptors. “They’re the one seed for a reason. I know up there they blew us out one game this year [133-99 on Jan. 11]. They’ve got a lot of good players.”

The Cavs won the other two regular season matchups in Cleveland — 132-129 on March 21 and 112-106 on April 3.

LeBron James led the Cavs in scoring in all three regular-season games against the Raptors, just like he did in all seven playoff games against the Pacers during the past two weeks.

James totaled 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 44 minutes on Sunday in the Game 7 victory over the Pacers.

“It was a great series,” James said. “We had some ups and we had some downs. … It was a good test, but that’s what you train for all year.”

James averaged 34.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in the series against the Pacers, who outscored the Cavs 100.6 points to 94.9 points over seven games. The only other Cav to average in double figures in the series was Love (11.4 points, 9.3 rebounds).

Another interesting fact from the series is that the Pacers had seven players average between 10.4 points and 22.7 points per game.

“This was a series that we can grow from,” Korver said. “I know the Cavs are kind of used to blowing through the first couple series. We’re still kind of forming ourselves. George Hill finally plays [Sunday after missing three games due to a back injury] and he really gave us a big boost. And we’re still putting things together. To have to go through a tough series against a team that played really well, it doesn’t guarantee us to be better in the next series, but it helps us.”

Larry Nance Jr., Jeff Green, Rodney Hood, Korver, J.R. Smith and Hill averaged between 5.1 points and 9.3 points per game against the Pacers.

The Cavs now turn their attention to trying to limit a Raptors team that features Lowry, DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Serge Ibaka, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles.

“I just do what’s gotten me here, which is play hard, competing, setting good screens and just trying to wear out the other bigs on the defensive end and offensive rebounds,” said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday after minimal playing time the past few weeks.

“I know Valanciunas and Ibaka and [Pascal] Siakam and [Jakob] Poeltl have all played pretty well this whole season. For me it’s just being active whenever my number is called and just try to wear them out.”

Thompson said he expects the Raptors to be just as athletic and energized as the Pacers.

The Cavs also need other players to step up and provide more scoring moving forward to complement James, who at 33 continues to defy father time in his 15th NBA season.

“Whenever you’ve got the best player in the world or your leader on the team giving everything he’s got, whether he’s playing the point guard position, guarding, rebounding, blocking shots, assisting, for me and the younger guys, we’ve got to pick it up,” Thompson said. “We’ve got to give everything we’ve got.”

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