Lebron James and the Cavaliers went 1-4 at the Air Canada Centre for the season, but won the game that meant the most. For the second consecutive time in their respected franchise history (3rd overall) the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA finals after defeating the Raptors 113-87.

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Looking at the series from outside you’d figure the Raptors were going to be easy pickings for the Cavs. While most of that seemed true through the first two games, the Raptors would come clawing back evening the series at 2-2 making it interesting. When it was all said and done, just like the rest of the East, not one team truly stood a chance when it came to dethroning Cleveland. Lebron was unstoppable early on scoring 21 first half points (33 points 13-22 FG 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks) and had his way in the paint. Lebron had plenty of help though from his teammates Kyrie Irving (30 points 12-24 FG 9 assists) and Kevin Love (20 points 5-11 FG 12 Rebounds) provided plenty of back up as they would build a lead early on and not look back. The Cavaliers are 6-0 in the playoffs when Cleveland’s big 3 each score at least 20. J.R. Smith (15 points 5-8 3-PT FG) helped provide a spark as well as the Cavs were 17-31 from 3-PT range.

Give it up for Toronto though, it couldn’t have been easy for a team being down 2-0 to come back and push the Cavs the way they did. They evened the series, and did what they could in Game 6 to stick around hopeful that they could force a Game 7 in Cleveland, but found themselves trailing by 14 at the half. Kyle Lowry (35 points 11-22 FG) and Demar Derozan (20 points 9-18 FG) yet again gave a strong performance for their team, and the home crowd, but didn’t get help from anybody else. The Raptors gave their fans and city something to cheer for, and come together for as it was their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in franchise history.

The Cavaliers are celebrating now as Eastern Conference champs as they should be, but know that they won’t be fully satisfied until they can win it all hoping to end Cleveland’s 52-year drought of winning a championship. Whether it be against the Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cavs are going to have their hands full with whom ever takes the West, with Game 6 being tonight. Until then Lebron James and company will enjoy the rest, as he prepares for his sixth straight NBA Finals appearance starting June 2nd.

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