NBA: Cleveland beats Toronto Raptors to reach NBA finals

LeBron James contributed six assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs completed a 4-2 series victory to advance to the finals for a second year running.

The Cavaliers also benefited from big contributions from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (pic). Irving finished with 30 points with Love adding 20 as well as 12 rebounds and four assists.   -  AP (File Photo)

LeBron James scored 33 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers booked its place in the NBA finals with a 113-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

James contributed six assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs completed a 4-2 series victory to advance to the finals for a second year running.





The Cavaliers will face either the Golden State Warriors or the Oklahoma City Thunder in next week's finals. Oklahoma City currently leads the Western Conference series 3-2 ahead of Game Six on Saturday.

James will be playing in the NBA finals for the sixth straight year. The Cleveland star reached the finals for four years in a row with the Miami Heat before returning to Cleveland in 2014.

The Cavaliers had taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series against Toronto before being jolted by back-to-back defeats as the Raptors levelled at 2-2.

But Cleveland reasserted its superiority on Wednesday to regain the initiative with a win in Game Five before ramming home its advantage to silence the home crowd in Toronto on Friday.

It was James's first 30-point game of the 2015 postseason, with the Cavaliers also benefiting from big contributions from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Irving finished with 30 points with Love adding 20 as well as 12 rebounds and four assists.

Toronto meanwhile brought the curtain down on its first ever appearance in the Eastern Conference finals with a 35-point display from Kyle Lowry, while DeMar DeRozan added 20 points.