THE Cleveland Cavaliers squandered a huge lead but recovered to complete a sweep of the Raptors, 109-102, on Sunday in Toronto (Monday, Manila time).
LeBron James continued his fine playoff form for the Cavaliers, who looked on the way to a comfortable win after taking a 67-51 lead early in the third only to allow the Raptors to fight back and move ahead 93-92.
A Kyrie Irving triple put the Cavaliers back on top, 95-93 and the champions held the Raptors without a field goal in the next three minutes before sealing the win.
The Cavaliers also swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round and are now on an eight-game winning streak after ending the regular season with four consecutive losses.
James wound up with 35 points, making 11 of 22 field goal attempts, while Kyrie Irving scored 27 on 10 of 24 shooting.
Kyle Korver came up huge off the bench, making 4 of 6 three-point attempts and finishing with 18 points, while fellow reserve Channing Frye delivered 10 points.
The Cavaliers next take on the winner of the series between East top seeds Boston Celtics and No. 4 Washington Wizards.
Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 23 points, DeMar DeRozan scored 22, while Cory Joseph had 20 points and 12 assists.