The Cavs' domination in the playoffs comes with a huge extra benefit

LeBron James scores 35 points, Cavaliers sweep Raptors

Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

But with Kyle Lowry on the bench for a second straight game with a sprained ankle, the Raptors couldn't match the Cavs' firepower.

Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight consecutive playoff games the year after a title and the first team to win eight in a row in consecutive postseasons.

"Give credit to (Raptors coach Dwane) Casey, he had them ready to play, they came out and competed. They made threes today, it was tough on us".

Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston.

"There's always areas in our team, in our play, that I feel like I can do a better job, our staff, we all can do better", Casey said. "I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon".

"As a veteran guy, you want to be with coaches, players, where you totally fit". They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game.

The Cavaliers had a 12-point lead after the first half and entered the fourth quarter ahead by five. He had more again in Game 4 of the series this weekend with a Raptors fan sitting courtside in Toronto, who James teased about his shoe selection.

We'll see how easy it is.

Irving's layup with four minutes remaining had Cleveland ahead by eight points.

Tucker had plenty of good things to say about his latest run in Toronto, which began on National Basketball Association trade deadline day when the Raptors acquired him from Phoenix.

Part of the problem here is that Lowry's status as a star likely won't last much longer. I want to beat the best.

"A lot of the offense was on LeBron's shoulders", said Irving, who was willing to share the load.

James added nine rebounds and six assists.

Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.

In a stat that I had to look at several times from several sources to make sure was accurate, the Cavaliers outscored the Raptors in fast break points by a 16-0 margin.

"If we had LeBron on our team too, we would've won", DeRozan said. It wasn't a rash decision that led to their most recent sweep, instead it was the impending result of last year's free agency when they allowed Biyombo to sign with the Orlando Magic.

To be fair, if you put King James on any National Basketball Association team they could probably beat the Raptors.

"I think there are times that I think coach did a great job and I think there are times that we struggled", Ujiri said.

That series won't end until Wednesday night at the earliest, and could run until Monday night, meaning the Cavaliers will have plenty of time to rest before the Eastern Conference Finals. James led all scorers with 10 points and Ibaka led Toronto with seven points.

Dressing at his locker-room stall Sunday, Toronto centre Jonas Valanciunas politely asked a scrum of waiting media to clear a space. When James hit a step-back three-pointer to make it 106-95 with less than three minutes to go, the would-be comeback was dead. It is a measure of LeBron James' greatness that he scored 35 points despite wearing six-foot-six 245-pound P.J. Tucker for most of the game.

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