It’s now official, Cleveland Cavaliers is the top team in the Eastern Conference as they bagged the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Championship trophy after they sent Toronto Raptors home with 113 – 87 victory.
Lebron James and the Cavs are heading to the NBA’s biggest stage in two consecutive seasons, for James this will be his sixth straight including his stint with the Miami Heat. Cavs “Big Three” is the biggest reason why Tyronne Lue’s squad had a what-seems-to-be easy cruise against the Raptors. Lebron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored a total of 83 points. This is the the sixth times that the “Big Three” scored at least 20 points each and only a couple during the regular season. Was this a sign that the Cavs trio finally found their needed chemistry? If it is, then it’s a perfect timing for the Cavs but bad news for its opponent.
On the other hand, the Raptors got most of its score from Kyle Lowry who keeps Toronto hopes alive but the All-Star guard runs out of gas in the final quarter. DeMar DeRozan who played with an average performance in Game 6 chipped in with 20 points, his presence wasn’t a factor in the final stretch.
Most NBA fans expected that the bout between these two teams will be another Cavaliers series sweep but the Raptors demonstrated their superiority and prove to eveyone why they sit in the second place of the Eastern Conference. They won its first two home games having significant winning margins however they weren’t able to replicate the same success in Game 6 when the series moved to Air Canada, Raptors homecourt.
The Cavs will now wait for the winner between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors which is scheduled tomorrow. OKC leads the series 3-2 and will be played in Thunder’s homecourt.
Cavaliers (113): James 33, Irving 30, Love 20, Smith 15, Frye 6, Dellavedova 4, Jefferson 3, Thompson 2
Raptors (87): Lowry 35, DeRozan 20, Patterson 9, Carroll 7, Valanciunas 6, Biyombo 4, Joseph 2, Johnson 2, Powell 2