NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers advances, Wizards and Rockets draw level

LeBron James scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks the ball past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during first half eastern conference semifinal NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday.   -  AP

LeBron James scored 35 points and Kyrie Irving 27 as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight straight playoff games the year following a title, and the first to win eight straight in consecutive post-seasons.

Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Boston-Washington series.

James added nine rebounds and six assists. Irving had nine assists. Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.

WIZARDS 121, CELTICS 102

Bradley Beal scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics to tie the series at two games apiece.

John Wall added 27 points and 12 assists for Washington. Wall had seven points, three assists and two steals during the third-quarter spree that featured eight Celtics turnovers. Otto Porter scored four of his 18 points in the dominant six-minute span that also included five points from Markieff Morris.

Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter’s layup with 5 minutes left in the third. The Wizards led by as many as 26 and outscored the Celtics (237-191) in the two games in D.C.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston, but scored 17 in the first 15 minutes.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

ROCKETS 125, SPURS 104

The Rockets never trailed and used hot 3-point shooting to pull away in the third quarter.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Jonathon Simmons had 17 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 apiece.

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