By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one step closer to advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals once again. Despite all the problems they have had all season, the team is just one game away from the Conference Finals.
The Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors, 105-103, on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland needed a running jumper by “The King” LeBron James to seal the win.
The Cavaliers now have a 3-0 lead against the Raptors. They’ll look to close out the series on Monday night at 8:30 pm in Cleveland, Ohio.
James is the first player in the last 15 postseasons, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information to have multiple buzzer-beats in a single postseason. Besides Saturday night’s game-winner, he also had a game-winner against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of their playoff matchup.
James led the Cavaliers with 38 points. He also had six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block.
James was one of five Cleveland players, who scored in double-figures. Kevin Love scored 21 points, while Kyle Korver scored 18, and George Hill had 12.
Jeff Green also had 11 points off the bench. The team had just 16 bench points.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, Love became just the fourth player in Cavaliers history to have multiple games with 20 points and 15 rebounds in the postseason. On Saturday night, he tied Larry Nance Sr., who had two.
Brad Daugherty is second with four. James is the all-time leader with six.
James is 7-of-15 on go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information. Of the seven shots, he has five buzzer beaters, including two this postseason. His Airness, Michael Jordan, went 5-of-11 with three buzzer beaters.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 27 points. He also had three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
Lowry was one of five Toronto players, who scored in double-digits. OG Anunoby had 18 points, while C.J. Miles had 13 and Serge Ibaka had 11. Jonas Valančiūnas had 10 points.
The Raptors had 32 bench points. Miles led the bench with 13 points.
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