CLEVELAND– Coming into Wednesday’s game the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors were tied, making the Eastern Conference Finals a best-of-three series.
The Cavs were ahead of the Raptors at the end of the first quarter, 37-19, giving this home crowd plenty to cheer about. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 23 points, while LeBron James had 4.
At the end of the half, Cleveland was leading, 65-34. Love, who only had 3 points in Game 3, put up 19 in the first half. The 31-point lead is the largest halftime difference in a conference finals game in NBA history.
That lead only increased in the third quarter. The Cavs were ahead 100-60, with 71 of those points coming from the Big Three.
Cleveland won, 116-78, and take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Game 6 will be Friday night at Air Canada Centre. If there is a Game 7, it will be back at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.
James had 29 points and Irving had 26 in Game 3 in Toronto, but their teammates struggled while up north.
“We had a few defensive breakdowns that you can’t have down the stretch of a game, especially in the playoffs, and they executed every time we made a mistake,” Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said after Monday’s loss.
Meanwhile, in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder lead the Warriors, 3-1.