The Toronto Raptors landed two roundhouse punches in Games 3 and 4, sending the Cleveland Cavaliers reeling against the ropes as they headed back home.
The Cavs responded Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena with what might have been a knockout blow.
LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each scored more than 20 points, as Cleveland’s three heavyweights spearheaded a 116-78 Game 5 win that sent a crushing blow to Toronto’s NBA Finals hopes. The Cavaliers hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Dominant on both ends of the floor, Cleveland never trailed after taking an 8-7 lead with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter. The Cavs scored 37 points in the first and were leading by 31 heading into halftime.
They finished the game shooting 57.1 percent, a complete 180 from their brick-filled trip north of the border, bleacherreport.com.