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Raptors vs. Cavs 2018 live stream: Cleveland thoroughly dominates Toronto to sweep Raptors in Game 4

This was probably the worst possible way the Raptors’ season could have ended.

NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors finished the regular season with their best record in franchise history. But if we learned anything about Toronto in the playoffs, it’s that they are who we thought they were.

The Raptors struggled to get by the Wizards in the first round, and once they got to Round 2, it was clear they weren’t just only in a different conversation from the fourth-seeded Cavaliers — they weren’t even in the same galaxy. The Cavs pummeled the Raptors 128-93 in Game 4 in a game that included 60 percent shooting or better from all starters, DeMar DeRozan being ejected after swiping at Jordan Clarkson’s face, and of course utter and complete dominance and brilliance by LeBron James.

The Raptors were impostors. They sold us a dream all year long only to be exposed as a team not good enough to beat the Cavaliers once in a playoff series. The Indiana Pacers forced seven games, and these Raptors couldn’t even get to Game 5. That’s just sad.

LeBron was unstoppable as he’s been all series long, all playoffs long, all season long, all career long. He had 29 points and 11 assists. He averaged 34, 11 and eight against the Raptors this round.

The Cavaliers now move on to the Eastern Conference Finals where the await the winner of the Celtics-76ers series that Boston leads 3-1. Here’s how they wrapped it up on Monday.

4th quarter

Larry Nance Jr. just demolished a shot on one end, sprinted up the floor and caught a dunk on the other. He should be a pretty decent player someday, no?

UPDATE: I’ve lost it all

UPDATE: If you’re here and you’re reading this, I’ve got nothing left guys. Tweet me something @Krisplashed. I’m on the cusp of losing it all.

OK, this is just getting sad. So I’m gonna start cracking some jokes soon, if that’s cool with y’all.

UPDATE: I changed my mind. Not wasting anymore energy on these Raptors. I just heard my roommate pop a bottle of champagne. Not sure if he’s a Cavaliers fan or not, but it’s going down over there.

7:38 — LeBron finally checks out. What a game.

3rd quarter

23.6 seconds — DeMar DeRozan was just ejected for swiping at Jordan Clarkson’s head during a fast break layup. A mercy rule would have saved everyone from this.


The Raptors aren’t giving much, but Jonas Valanciunas has four blocks, including this backboard-pinning stuff of George Hill.

A message from ex-Raptor Patrick Patterson:

K-Love looking like he’s playing in Minnesota:

6:07 — Just so you know, every Cleveland starter is shooting at least 60 percent from the field. As Ian Eagle said, “It’s a clinic.”

7:45 — Cavs up 20. Let’s pack it up guys.

2nd quarter: Cavs 61, Raptors 47

53.1 seconds — J.R. Smith corner three gives him 15 points in the first half. TIMEOUT, Raptors.

Nothing to see here folks, just another impressive pass by LeBron.

Jonas Valanciunas just rejected Tristan Thompson at the rim. Two huge blocks early for JV.

What kind of scarecrow defense is JV playing?

1st quarter: Cavs 29, Raptors 24

Ian Eagle on Kevin Love’s layup: “Swatted by Valanciunas, the full palm.”

2:00 — J.R. Smith is 5-of-5 from the field in the first quarter. He has 12 points. Time to pack it up, Toronto.

This probably isn’t good for the Raptors:

2:52 — LeBron just isn’t fair. The passes he makes are ridiculous.

8:15 — George Hill has two dunks and a layup down the lane. The man’s hooping like there are buffalo wings at stake.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to eliminate the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff series on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Raptors had chances to win a pair of games this series, but LeBron James exists and is now one win away from eliminating Toronto for a third straight season. Toronto lead by four with a minute and a half remaining in Game 1 but Jame scored a pair of buckets to force overtime then assisted on two of the three Cleveland field goals in overtime.

In Game 3 Cleveland led pretty much all game until the Raptors made a late run. OG Anunoby hit a tying three-pointer with ... seconds left, but that just gave LeBron enough time to do this:

James is averaging 35.7 points and 11.3 assists per game in this series.

DeMar DeRozan scored just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting and was benched in the fourth quarter of Game 3.

“It was extremely hard, extremely hard,” DeRozan said to the Associated Press. “I never want to be over there watching. It definitely sucks to watch it. It was just one of those nights for me, personally. I kept thinking, as long as we win, it cures everything.”

Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 4 info

Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Game time: 8:30 p.m. ET


Announcers: Ian Eagle, Brent Barry, Allie LaForce

Online streaming: Watch TNT