Cleveland Cavaliers reach NBA Finals with win over Toronto Raptors

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It may have taken six games, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are yet again the NBA's Eastern Conference champions.

The Cavs are moving on to the NBA Finals after wrapping up a decisive series win with an 113-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game six as now they can look ahead to avenging their defeat to the Golden State Warriors last year.

But back to last night, which you can safely assume was LeBron James' night as the four-time Most Valuable Player decided to go into beast mode as he reached his sixth straight finals. The Cavs forward had an all-action performance, taking over in some periods and then facilitating his teammates to do the same in other stretches.

King James finished the night with a team-high 33 points on 13-of-22 shooting, while also hauling in 11 rebounds, dishing out six assists and recording three blocks. An excellent all-around performance from an all-action superstar.

All night long, the Cavaliers were absolutely deadly from three-point range and Toronto just couldn't keep up. Cleveland shot 17-of-31 from beyond the arc - an astonishing 54.8% - as J.R Smith led the way by nailing five of them himself, with Kevin Love going four-of-eight.

In contrast, the Raptors were 2 of 12 in the first half - compared to the Cavs 10 of 15. That opened up a huge lead for the first seed, one that Toronto never really looked like closing down.

The Raptors fought hard - spurred on by a sold-out Air Canada Centre that was full of 20,000 screaming fans from start to finish. Kyle Lowry scored 35 points to try and drag them back into it, but he didn't get any real help from his teammates, with DeMar DeRozan being the only other T-Dot player to reach double figure scoring as he had 20.

While this was the Raptors' best ever season, it doesn't mean that players weren't dejected. 

"Of course you're going to look back at some point but right now I'm disappointed," Lowry said. "Simple as that, I'm disappointed."

The Raptors go home and start to figure out what they need to do to be in this spot again next season, but with themselves celebrating a trip to the Finals rather than their opponents. For the Cavs, focus is now fully on bringing home that Larry O'Brien trophy.

Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division

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