The Cleveland Cavaliers apparently remembered to eat their Wheaties when they woke up Wednesday morning.
While America was busy apologizing to the Toronto Raptors for overlooking them, the Cavaliers casually took their two consecutive losses in stride and prepared for Game 5 at home. Whatever they did worked, as the Cavs set an NBA record en route to a lopsided 116-78 Game 5 blowout, pushing Toronto to the brink of elimination.
One more win for Cleveland means LeBron James would advance to his sixth consecutive NBA Finals. James already became just the second player in NBA history to reach five consecutive Finals, joining Hall of Famer Bill Russell, after the Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference last season.
Cleveland dominated the game from tip-off. Kevin Love scored a game-high 25 points for the Cavaliers, while Raptors All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for just 27 points and a horrific minus-57 plus-minus rating. James and Kyrie Irving added 23 points each for the Cavs.
For the Raptors, it seems playing at Quicken Loans Arena is like their own personal Earth-destroying asteroid 64 million years in the making.
And history isn’t on their side.
The Raptors have at least one last chance at survival, as the series shifts to Toronto for Game 6 on Friday night. And, hey, now that the asteroid hit, things can only get better. Right?
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