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Raptors aim to avoid sweep as betting underdogs vs. Cavs

Raptors aim to avoid sweep as betting underdogs vs. Cavs

LeBron James scored 29 points as Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors and ensure their place in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Kevin Love #0 during the second half of Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland.

Forcing a player like James to take fadeaway jump shots and three-pointers is considered good defence as you're preventing him attacking the rim.

After Toronto grabbed the rebound, the Raptors stormed down the court, with OG Anunoby fooling his defender with a pump fake before hitting a phenomenal three to tie the game.

Kevin Love, who struggled in a seven-game scrap with in in the first round, had another solid game with 23 points.

Every angle of LeBron James' iconic game-winner against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, May 5, has been covered in the last 36-plus hours.

Four games with Toronto straightened them out. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds on 54 percent shooting in those three games, providing a huge boost to help the Cavs get the sweep.

"I believe in my teammates so as everyone was burying my teammates alive throughout that first-round series, I just continued to tell them, 'Listen, we can't win without each and every one doing their jobs and being as great as they can be", James said.

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The London-born forward stuck to James like glue, no matter where he was on the floor.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his team had paid the price for not being able to recover from shattering losses in games one and three.

Fair reminder: This is the same guy who just a month ago said he couldn't "fathom" James losing to the Celtics in the playoffs.

Leading Cleveland to yet another sweep, James set even more playoff records.

"When you're playing against an All-Star starter and the caliber of player of DeMar, you just try to make it challenging on him and then hope he misses shots", James said. The Cavs didn't let up, pushing their lead to 30.

For fans who want to stream the Cleveland-Toronto Game 4 confrontation for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices. "Things just don't seem to go right for us", DeRozan said, adding that the James-inspired Cavs were anything but a one-man band.

James was also kind in victory, saying the Raptors were "a very well-balanced, put-together team this year". With the Raptors now facing elimination at the hands of the Cavaliers for a third straight year, they have plummeted to a distant +10000 on the National Basketball Association championship odds.

Toronto won 59 games in the regular season to finish atop the conference, four games ahead of the Celtics. There was more to cheer before Cleveland finished with the fourth-highest in points total in franchise playoff history.