LeBron James banked in an off-balance floater at the buzzer, lifting the Cleveland to a 105-103 win over the Toronto Raptors and giving the Cavaliers a stranglehold 3-0 playoff series lead on Saturday.
With the win, the Cavaliers swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason, and are now just four wins away from James' eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
Come next season, every team would look to get better.
Toronto's deepest playoff run came in 2016 when it lost to the eventual-champion Cavaliers in a six-game Eastern Conference Finals.
"We've had four or five seasons wrapped in one, we know what the narrative has been about our team", said James, who averaged 34 points, 8.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists in the series. Instead, Kyle Lowry's shot deserted him, while DeMar DeRozan wasn't getting open enough to make a difference.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James praised Toronto after defeating the Raptors 128-93 Monday night. James and company have not looked as weak as they did against the Pacers for quite some time, which made the sweep even more surprising.
Scroll down to check out some of the reactions to Cleveland's continued dominance over Toronto.
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LeBron James finally got some help. Our team's leaders disappearance at the most important stage of the post-season does not augur well for their future as Raptors.
Yet James said that doubt and negativity never crept into his mind.
For the Raptors, there's nothing positive to be taken from this defeat.
Kevin Love added 23 points and J.R. Smith 15 for the Cavs, who can now rest while waiting for the Boston-Philadelphia semifinal series to end. While they were clearly the best team in the Eastern Conference this season, Cleveland were a weaker side than in years past. "We had a lot of challenges to start the series knowing the domination they had in the regular season".
A steal by Rozier set up a basket by Brown that gave the Celtics an 89-87 lead with one second remaining in regulation time, but the 76ers equalized when Italy's Marco Belinelli sank a jumper off a pass from Simmons with 0.3 of a second remaining, sending the contest into overtime.
DeRozan would bring the biggest return but he's the player the Raptors may want to attempt to rebuild around.
"This is probably the toughest, most frustrating, difficult, lowest feeling I've had", DeRozan said Tuesday. After putting on a show of their own in this series - and particularly in its closeout game - it already seems severely outdated.
These are the sobering, snarky or dare I say, smart thoughts that stick with me when I watch Raptors games. I always believe in him ... They totalled 18 points, although Kyle did have 10 assists.