LeBron James scored 38 points on Saturday as the Cleveland Cavaliers improved their record to 3-0 in their best of seven second round series with the Toronto Raptors.
Swept at home by the Cavaliers, despite being the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors could have significantly changed the discussion had they pulled off a shock victory in Game 3 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Instead LeBron hit the winner to give the Cavaliers a 105-103 victory ahead of Monday's Game 4.
That Toronto is a better team than Cleveland is self evident from the overall results this season.
That collectively the Raptors just have a mental block when it comes to the Cavaliers is also obvious and what had looked like a great season for Toronto to finally make a run to the NBA Finals is turning into yet another disappointing year.
DeMar DeRozan had 8 points and was benched down the stretch as the Raptors looked for any kind of spark.
Kyle Lowry led the way for the visitors with 27 points on 9-of-13 from the floor, but Toronto needs their backcourt to both be in sync if they are to defeat Cleveland in a seven game series.
Anything is possible, but it is hard to believe that LeBron can't will the Cavaliers to at least one more victory in this series, which would send Cleveland on to play either the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavaliers are 9/2 to win the NBA this year with the Golden State Warriors 10/19 and the Celtics are priced at 999/1.
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