Cavaliers Halfway to Another Title…Wizards Rout Celts to Get Even
(AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are the first team in NBA history to win eight straight playoff games the year after winning the championship.
LeBron James poured in 35 points and the Cavaliers completed their second consecutive four-game sweep with a 109-102 triumph at Toronto. James also had nine rebounds and six assists for the Cavs, who shot 16-for-41 from 3-point range in ending the Raptors' season.
Kyrie Irving contributed 27 points and nine assists in helping Cleveland earn its 11th consecutive postseason win since last year's finals.
The Cavaliers will take on either Washington of Boston in the next round. It will be James' seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference finals.
Serge Ibaka scored 23 points and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.
Meanwhile, the Wizards have evened their series at two games apiece by dominating the third quarter of a 121-102 win over the Celtics. Washington trailed 53-48 before scoring the next 26 points to take control. John Wall had seven points, three assists and two steals during the spurt, which also featured eight Boston turnovers.
Wall finished with 27 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who also got a game-high 29 points from fellow guard Bradley Beal.
It was another tough outing for Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas since his 53-point assault in Game 2. Thomas scored just two of his 19 points over the last 2 ½ quarters after scoring just 13 points in the third game.
Kelly Olynyk had 14 points off the bench for the Celtics, who host Game 5 on Wednesday.
The Rockets and Spurs are also tied at two games apiece after James Harden scored 28 points and Eric Gordon chipped in 22 to lead Houston's 125-104 romp over San Antonio. Gordon drained six 3-pointers for the Rockets, who were 19 of 43 from beyond the arc.
The Rockets never trailed and used hot 3-point shooting to pull away.
Jonathan Simmons had a team-high 17 points for the Spurs, but Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each added just 16 points after scoring 26 apiece in Game 3.
The series resumes Tuesday in San Antonio.