The Cavs won their 12th consecutive closeout game, beating the Toronto Raptors on Sunday 109-102 and tying an NBA record for series-clinching victories, which they share with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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James finished off one of the finest statistical series of his career, averaging 36 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists over the four games.
“Winning time. Just understanding the magnitude of the game, what was at stake,” Irving said.
“We needed that. We needed to be tested throughout 48-minute games. One of the hardest things to do is sweep teams.”
That 1-2 punch was merciless on the Raptors, who fought until the end despite Kyle Lowry wearing a suit coat for the second straight game because of a sprained ankle that felled him at the worst possible time.
The Cavs ended up making 34 more 3-pointers in the series than the Raptors did, Kyle Korver dropping four of them coming off the bench Sunday.