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Back in the USA, Cavs rip Raptors

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors 116-78 on Wednesday to give Cleveland an emphatic 3-2 series lead in the Easte...

CLEVELAND - LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors 116-78 on Wednesday to give Cleveland an emphatic 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers’ most lopsided playoff win in franchise history - surpassing their 31-point victory at home in Game 1 of this series.
The Cavs have outscored the Raptors by 88 points in their three home games. Cleveland can close out Toronto and return to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year with a win Friday in Game 6 at Air Canada Centre.
The game was effectively over after the first quarter, when the Cavs’ 37 points were the most they’ve scored in any quarter this series. The Raptors trailed by 18 after one period, and they didn’t surpass 37 points until the first two minutes of the third quarter.
Toronto didn’t surpass the Cleveland Big Three’s total of 71 points until the game’s last few minutes - and all three stars sat the entire fourth quarter. The Raptors’ 65-34 halftime deficit was the first time in franchise history they trailed by at least 30 points in any game, regular season or postseason.
Kyle Lowry had 13 points and six assists, and DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points for the Raptors after they totaled 67 points in Toronto’s Game 4 win at home. The backcourt partners shot a combined 7-for-20 in Game 5.
Bismack Biyombo had seven points and four rebounds after dominating the paint during the Raptors’ two wins in Toronto.
This time, however, the Cavs displayed the type of dominance they flashed in winning 10 straight to open the postseason. The biggest key to the turnaround was Love, who struggled miserably during the two losses at Toronto and compounded matters by twisting his knee during the third quarter of Game 4.
Love made his first six shots Wednesday and finished 8-for-10 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc.
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The Memphis Grizzlies offered their head-coaching job to Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
r San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was a unanimous selection for the NBA All-Defensive team announced Wednesday.
Joining Leonard, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, on the first team were Golden State forward Draymond Green, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley.

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