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Cleveland one win away from NBA final

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By Euronews
Cleveland one win away from NBA final

The Cleveland Cavaliers moved one step closer to a second consecutive NBA showpiece match after thrashing the Toronto Raptors in Game five of their Eastern Conference finals.

Having lost the last two games in Canada the Cavs bounced back in perfect fashion on home court giving the visiting Raptors no chance.

The home side got off to a blistering start and opened up a 34 point lead in the first half.

LeBron James was in fine form and scored 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes of play before sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

Kevin Love hit a confidence-boosting game-high 25 points while Kyrie Irving added 23 as the Cleveland celebrated a resounding 116-78 victory.

At 3-2 up in the best of seven series the Cavs can now clinch their second straight conference title and a trip to the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 which takes place on Friday night in Toronto.