Cavaliers edge Pacers to Game 7 win

A third meeting in three postseasons. Let’s get

It's the opening contest of the second Eastern Conference semifinal series north of the border.

All of this, this mountain of evidence and destruction of two teams, is why the Raptors aren't buying that James is exhausted ahead of Game 1 between Cleveland and Toronto in an Eastern semifinals rematch on Tuesday. The now known "Bench Mob" opened the fourth quarter with a 23-10 run giving the Raps a lead that they wouldn't look back on clinching the series avoiding a game seven. Toronto's past two seasons have ended at the hands of the Cavaliers and this year will be year number three. LBJ posted at least 40 points three times during the 2018 First Round series against IN, which includes a 45-point performance IN Game 7 (16-25 FG, 8 REB, 7 AST, 4 STL, 43 MIN).

Cleveland also improved to 4-2 all time in Game 7s (3-0 at home, 1-0 at The Q).

They stick with what has gotten them to this position, Lowry and DeRozan need to be the players that they are capable of and they do that best when they aren't playing hero ball. Back in the locker room, Cavaliers doctors wanted to administer an IV, James said, and he refused the treatment. Lue started Kyle Korver alongside James, Love, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith - the four remaining players from Cleveland's 2016 championship team. The teams are 1-2 in Net Rating, with the Warriors first at 12.6 and the Rockets second at 8.8. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line.

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In the eastern conference the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, eliminated the Indiana Pacers with a 105-101 game seven victory. For comparison's sake, when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were out in the 2015 Finals, James' usage rate was 39.3 percent. They prevailed in that series, 4-1, then were beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, 4-1.

Following their seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers in the First Round, the Wine & Gold will be taking on the Raptors (defeated the Washington Wizards, 4-2, in the First Round) for the third-straight year in the postseason.

The Raptors were 5-14 on the road in the playoffs over the past five years, prior to tonight's win.

"We have a great opportunity ahead of us to show how good of a team we've been", Lowry said. "I want to go home", he added.

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The Raptors are shooting decently in the postseason, hitting 47.3 percent from the field.

LeBron was magnificent throughout, leading the Cavs in points, minutes, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, but his teammates pulled off the kind of disappearing act that would make David Copperfield jealous.

Cavaliers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Cleveland is a much deeper team than Washington was. LeBron is a terrific athlete but you can't expect him to put up 45 points a night to try and save you.

Toronto Raptors rookie forward OG Anunoby isn't backing down from the challenge of guarding LeBron James.

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There are a lot of red flags for the Cavaliers coming into this series.

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