Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors Eastern Conference Finals

Game 1

Cavaliers 102 - Raptors 88

The first quarter of the series started off with some pretty poor shooting as the two teams combined to shoot 38% from the field. Nonetheless, the Cavs jumped out to a 27-20 lead. Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye led the way for the Cavs scoring 8 points a piece. Frye off the benched was 3-4 from the field and knocked down both of his three balls. LeBron James was aggressive in the early going but went 2-9 from the field.

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 7 first quarter points and Bismack Biyombo who is starting games 1 & 2 for the injured Jonas Valanciunas, scored all five of his points from the foul line and caused Tristan Thompson to get into some early foul trouble.

Cleveland used the second quarter to really open up the game and went into the break leading the Raptors 56-38.

Kyrie's hot shooting continued as he ended the first half with 17 points on 7-13 shooting. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kevin Love and Channing Frye were also in double figures with 10 points each.

Toronto shot just 37% in the first half and made 1-8 from downtown while committing 11 turnovers. DeMar DeRozan was the only Raptor in double figures with 10.

In the third quarter, the stars really shined. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined to score 21 of the Cavs 26 points and Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 16 of the Raptors 23 points.

Heading to the fourth quarter the Cavs had a 21 point lead.

With the Cavs foot off the gas a bit, the Raptors outscored Cleveland 27-20 in the fourth but lost game 1 on the road 102-88.

LeBron finished with a game high 28 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocked shots. He was just 1-8 from downtown. Kyrie scored 24 while grabbing 9 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. Kevn Love finished with 19 points on 7-11 shooting.

DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points on 10-18 shooting and had a team high 7 assists. Lowry finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Terrence Ross was the only other Raptor in double figures and he finished with 10 points. Biyombo just missed a double double with 9 points and 14 rebounds. He also blocked 5 shots.

Patrick Patterson, Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll combined 18 points, shooting 7-25 from the field. If Toronto wants any chance in this series, they'll need more production from their role players.

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Game 2

Cavaliers 118 - Raptors 99

Through the first quarter the Cavs and Raptors were tied up 22 a piece. It was not pretty however. The Cavs shot 32% from the field (8-25) and the Raptors had 9 turnovers. Seven different players scored for Toronto and none of them scored more than 4 points. Bismack Biyombo did pull down 9 rebounds though.

Similar story for Cleveland as six players scored with none of them scoring more than 5 points.

The second story was an offensive explosion for both teams as Cleveland scored 38 points and Toronto scored 35.

Norman Powell led all scorers with 13 points at halftime, going 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the line, giving the Raptors a nice spark off the bench. Kyle Lowry had 10 points and DeMar DeRozan had 9. Biyombo had 13 rebounds at the break.

LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith were all in double figures with Kyrie leading the way with 7 assists.

With the Cavs leading 60-57 at the start of the third quarter, the two teams kept it pretty even with the Cavs outscoring the Raptors 23-22.

The Raptors had five players in double figures at the end of the third, getting great production from Powell, Biyombo and Patrick Patterson.

Both Kevin Love and LeBron James had double doubles.

Trailing by 4 heading into the fourth quarter, the Raptors completely fell apart. They continued to turn the ball over and took a number of bad shots which led to easy transition baskets for Cleveland and lost game two 118-99, falling down 2-0 in the series

LeBron had a triple double scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie had a big fourth quarter and finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals. J.R. Smith scored 20 points and Kevin Love just missed a 20-20 game, scoring 19 points and pulling down 22 rebounds.

DeRozan led the Raptors with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Powell finished with 17 points on 7-8 shooting. Lowry had a double double scoring 16 points, and dishing out 12 assists. Biyombo had 12 points and 18 rebounds.

Game 3

Cavaliers 113 Raptors 106

Jonas Valanciunas returns for game 3 for Toronto, but it really did not make a difference. The Cleveland Cavaliers exploded for 45 first quarter points, jumping out to a quick 23 point lead. The Cavs were 16-28 from the field, making 6-8 from downtown. They forced 7 turnovers, while committing none.

Toronto was much more competitive in the second quarter but still trailed 71-43 at half.

At the break Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and J.R. Smith all had 12 points while Kevin Love had 10.

Whatever motivational speech coach Dwane Casey gave to his guys at halftime absolutely worked. The Raptors outscored the Cavaliers 36-15 and only trailed Cleveland by 7 points heading to the fourth quarter.

Patrick Patterson who went 0-7 from downtown in game 2, leads the Raptors with 14 points and Terrence Ross has added 11 off the bench.

Unfortunately for the Raptors they could not cut into that lead anymore in the fourth quarter as they lose 113-106 and now trail 3-0 in the series.

Another big performance from LeBron who finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 blocks. J.R. Smith scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 30 points, even though they only shot 12-38. Tristan Thompson pulled down 12 rebounds and added two blocks.

Patrick Patterson was the high man for Toronto scoring 21 points. DeRozan and Lowry combined for 33 points but shot 12-39 from the field and 1-9 from downtown. Lowry did have 17 assists.

Terrence Ross and DeMarre Carroll each scored 11 points and Valanciunas and Biyombo combined for 17 points and 28 rebounds.


Game 4

Cavaliers 133 - Raptors 109

For the first team in what seems like the whole series, the Raptors had a slim 26-24 lead at the end of the first quarter in a game 4 elimination.

The Raptors played solid defense led by DeMarre Carroll who had three of the Raptors six steals and the team also added two blocked shots. Valanciunas led the Raptors with six points.

With Kyrie and Love combining for two points on 1-6 shooting, LeBron got help from Matthew Dellavedova off the bench. Dellavedova scored 8 points in just five minutes, making all three of his shots including both of his attempts from downtown.

Toronto kept up the intensity in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 59-52 lead.

The Raptors had eleven steals and six blocks, including three from Kyle Lowry at the break.

Lowry seemed like a man on a mission in the first half scoring 16 points with 3 rebounds and 8 assists to go along with those 3 blocks.

For the second time in the series, the third quarter has been the Raptors downfall. They were outscored by the Cavs 38-21 and found themselves down 10 points heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Raptors seemed deflated as they never never able to cut the lead back to single digits and the Cavs got hot from downtown as they ran away with this game and this series.

LeBron James finished with a triple double with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. J.R. Smith finished with 24 points and five triples. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both scored 19 points. Off the bench Dellavedova scored 15 points and Iman Shumpert scored 10 points with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Patterson led the Raptors with 25 points and was a perfect 4-4 from downtown. DeRozan added 24 points while Lowry contributed 21 points and 13 assists.

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