TORONTO — Last year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers had their postseason winning streak end in Canada.
This time, Cleveland came across the border and kept right on rolling.
James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Toronto 115-94 on Friday night and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
"We knew we were coming to a hostile environment, we knew they were going to give us everything they had, no matter who was in the lineup," James said. "We just had to weather the storm."
DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 19 for the Raptors, who were without three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game.
"We don't need to be thinking about a sweep or getting rest, we need to be thinking about what we need to do to execute defensively and offensively coming into Sunday," James said.
With his team on the brink of elimination, Raptors coach Dwane Casey looked at Game 4 a little differently.
"Sunday's game is about pride," Casey said. "You don't want to get swept, especially in your home building."
The Cavaliers are the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.