LeBron James, Cavs end Raptors' season for third straight year

One player is creating his own Cavaliers mutiny

The ending's been postponed.

Even from LeBron James, who, at age 33, is already the best or second-best player of all-time.

But as the buzzer sounded on Toronto's season Monday night - the Cavaliers putting an exclamation point on a four-game sweep with a 128-93 throttling that counted as the biggest margin of defeat for a No. 1 seed at the hands of a lower seed in an elimination game in National Basketball Association history - you could only consider its strategic choices to be abysmal failures.

James, the buzzer-beating hero of Cleveland's epic victory in game three on Saturday, scored 29 points as Toronto's bid to avoid the ignominy of a 4-0 series loss ended in a 128-93 pounding.

The Cavs will now face either Boston or Philadelphia, who stopped the Celtics advancing with a home win on Monday night.

Their path to the East finals wasn't straight.

For someone who has won three of them, LeBron James sure has been averse to the word "championship" this season.As in, he hasn't really said it. "But I can only speak in the moment".

The Cavaliers have won nine straight playoff games against the Raptors dating back to the 2016 conference final.

"That is what our goal is".

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In the Cavs' seven-game series win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round, James averaged 34.4 points per game, and Cleveland's next-highest scorer was Kevin Love at 11.4 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 18 points as they came up short yet again.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has made five go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime in the playoffs - two more than Michael Jordan - and he might not be done.

Lue said playing James with the Cavs' second unit helped negate the Toronto bench. Love also added two blocks and two steals, while finally rounding back into form.

21 -After seemingly being out of the playoff rotation prior to Game 4, Cedi Osman not only led the reserves with 21 minutes, but he made the a lot of them as well. James and Bryant share plenty of physical traits with other players, but it's the intangibles that separate the scorers and playmakers from the difference makers.

LeBron proved why he's called The King throughout the four matches - but his best shot came in the final few seconds of game three.

For the Raptors, there's nothing positive to be taken from this defeat. Like he does every year, James has elevated his game in the postseason. It's all getting a little bit deja vu.

The Raptors needed big games from their All-Star backcourt if they were going to have any choice of returning to Toronto for Game 5. Everyone thought they were vulnerable but as long as they have him, they have a chance and that's what we were looking at.

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