TORONTO, Sporting Alert – LeBron James scored 33 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors to win the Eastern Conference finals and advanced to the NBA finals for the second straight season.
The conference No. 1 seeded club defeated the home side in Game 6 on Friday night to win the series 4-2.
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James, who combined with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to score 83 points for the Cavs, added 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
The four-time MVP is heading to the NBA finals for the sixth straight time and he is planning to “appreciate” this appearance.
“This is my sixth straight and it means everything,” James said.
“I don’t think last year I appreciated it enough getting back to the finals. This year I’m going to appreciate this.”
James got off to a blistering start to the contest – scoring 13 points in the opening seven minutes and the star forward believes that set the tone.
“I had to bring my game, be in attack mode from the beginning,” he admitted.
“I had to trust my shot. I knew once my shot started going, I could get my teammates involved and they were able to carry me down the stretch.”
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue added: “We needed LeBron to set the tone for us early and I thought he did that.
“He’s just a great player,” added Lue. “He’s a proven winner. He’s always won over the course of his career. To go to six straight finals is unbelievable.”
Irving added 30 points and nine assists, with Love ending with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
“We’re still not satisfied at all,” Irving said. “There’s still a goal at hand that we have to accomplish and I know these guys are going to be ready for it.”
It was also the third time the Cavaliers were heading to the NBA finals in team history and they will play the winner of the Golden States Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference series.
The NBA finals will start on June 2.
Cleveland lost to Golden State in six games last year, while the San Antonio Spurs swept them in 2007.
J.R. Smith had 15 for Cleveland.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 35 points and made six 3-pointers, while DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points for Toronto, which shot 42 percent from the floor.
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“We’re learning,” Casey said. “We’re not where (the Cavaliers) are right now. We’re going to be.”
The Cavaliers shot 54 percent from the field and 55 percent from long-range.