3. Basketball: Cavs reach second straight NBA Finals
Basketball: Cavs reach second straight NBA Finals

Basketball: Cavs reach second straight NBA Finals

Cleveland superstar Lebron James earns sixth straight NBA Finals appearance, seven in total as Cavs win Eastern Conference


The Cleveland Cavaliers have once again reached the NBA finals after beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 late on Friday in the Eastern Conference Finals' game number six.

Cleveland's big three -- Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love -- scored 83 of their team's 113 points to beat the Raptors 4-2 in the series and advance to the finals for the third time in franchise history.

Lebron James scored 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists in the dominant win, while Irving scored 30 and Love scored 20 points.

For the losing side, Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry's 35 point-performance and DeMar Derozan's 20 points were not enough.

The series win means the second straight appearance in the NBA Finals for the Cavaliers, as they lost the championship to the Golden State Warriors in six games last year, and were swept away 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

With the Eastern Conference victory, superstar Lebron James has reached the NBA Finals for the sixth straight time, and a total of seven in his career.

The Cavs -- who eliminated the Detroit Pistons, the Atlanta Hawks and the Raptors along the way -- will now wait for their opponents, as the Western Conference is ongoing.

In the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder has a 3-2 lead against the reigning champions Warriors.

The Thunder and the Warriors will face off in Oklahoma on Saturday night in game number six.

If the Thunder wins the game, they reach the NBA Finals, if the Warriors win it, then the two teams will battle again in a deciding seventh game.