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LeBron James Powers Cleveland Cavaliers To NBA Eastern Conference Final

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| May 8 , 2018 , 13:31 IST

LeBron James displayed a masterclass as he powered Cleveland Cavaliers into the Eastern Conference Final of the NBA on Monday. They beat Toronto Raptors 128-93 to clean-sweep the seven-game series by 4-0.

James, the buzzer-beating hero of Cleveland's epic victory in Game 3 finished with 29 points as Toronto's bid on Saturday. This year, Toronto started the tournament being given the top seed in the Eastern Conference but were ousted yet again by James’s Cavaliers from the semi-final for the third year in a row.

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"As everyone was burying my teammates alive throughout that first-round series, I was just telling them, 'Listen, we can't win without each and every one doing their job and being as great as they can be.’, I continue to preach that. It's impossible for me to lose confidence in our ballclub, no matter what the stakes are or what we're down." said James.

For the Raptors, it was a horrific end to a season in which they won 59 games and earned the No. 1 seed. The swagger from their bench and cohesion of stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan eroded by the game. The Cavs stole Game 1, they crushed the Raptors in Game 2, James broke their spirits in Game 3, and it was an embarrassment in Game 4.

Cleveland Cavaliers will face the winner of Boston Celtics and Philadelphia Sixers for a place in the final of the NBA Championship.