LeBron James was on another level, as he annihilated the Toronto Raptors in a clean sweep. LeBron scored 35 points and averaged 36 points per game on 57 percent shooting over the course of the series to go along with 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, Kyrie Irving added 27 and Cleveland swept Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“It’s rewarding when you can advance,” James said. “It’s not just given to you, you have to go out and earn it. Once again I’m part of a team that’s been able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s going to be my ninth time in 14 years. I’ll take those numbers.”
Known as an okay three-point shooter and an average free-throw shooter, James was spectacular from both areas.
He sunk 13-of-27 shots from deep on varying levels of difficulty. That’s good for 48 percent. He didn’t often have much room to release, and was often fading from the hoop.
James shot 83 percent from the line as well, a big reason for his high point total. He took 54 free throws and made 45 of them. This season he shot 67 percent from the free throw line on seven attempts per game. He went there 13 times a night during this series.
LeBron has played the minimum eight games it takes to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, maximizing his opportunities to rest, and that’s given him fresh legs to dominate the Pacers and Raptors.