Cleveland stroll into NBA Eastern Conference Finals

The Cavaliers defeated Toronto Raptors in four games

BY Daniel Kelly 09:04 Monday 8 May 2017, 9:04 8 May 2017

LeBron James takes a shot in Game 4 against Toronto Raptors. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team to reach the third round of the NBA Playoffs after a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors.

Last year's NBA Champions defeated Toronto 109-102 to remain unbeaten in the Playoffs this season. The Cavaliers now have an 8-0 record in the post-season.

For the fourth game in a row, LeBron James scored at least 35 points, as the 32-year-old continued his dominant Playoffs form. Unlike the previous three matches, the Raptors were in touch entering the final quarter, and even led by two points in the third quarter.

A final flurry from Kyrie Irving in the final six minutes led the Cavaliers to the win. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they will face either Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards.

The series between the Celtics and Wizards is level at 2-2 after Washington defeated Boston is a topsy-turvy match in the American capital.

Boston led by 11 points at one point in the second quarter, but it was 48-48 at the break. After half-time the Wizards scored 26 unanswered points in the third quarter, as the team levelled the series, ahead of the final three matches.

Bradley Beal (29 points) and John Wall (27) both impressed for the Wizards. Isaiah Thomas top-scored for the Celtics, scoring 19 points.

The two teams meet on Wednesday night in Boston, before a potentially decisive Game 6 in Washington on Friday.

In the Western Conference, the fourth game in a row between San Antonio and Houston was a one-sided encounter. Houston won 125-104 to level the series 2-2.

James Harden impressed again for the Rockets, scoring 28 points, and making 12 assists as the series goes to a Game 5 and 6.  The next match of the lopsided series takes place in San Antonio on Tuesday night.

On Monday night, 2015 champions Golden State Warriors could join the Cavaliers in the third round of the Playoffs. They have a 3-0 series lead over Utah Jazz, ahead of their Game 4 in Salt Lake City.

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