LeBron Brilliant As Usual; Korver, Irving Lift Cavs to Sweep

first_img Related Topics Matt Medley LeBron James continued his dominant 2017 postseason, scoring a game-high 35 points, hitting 5-of-12 three-pointers, in Cleveland’s 109-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.LeBron has scored 30 or more points in seven of the first eight Playoff games in 2017 and the Cavs are 8-0 through two rounds.While LeBron delivered an ordinary game by his own standards in these Playoffs, it was Kyle Korver coming up big off the bench in the second quarter, scoring 16 points.He finished with 18 on the day, but that second quarter helped Cleveland create some distance heading to halftime.The Raptors stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter, when Kyrie Irving took over.After an underwhelming first three games to the series, Irving was dominant in the fourth quarter of Game 4, scoring 11 points in a span of less than three minutes and helping Cleveland jump out to an eight-point lead with four minutes to play.He finished with 27 points and nine assists in the win.DeMar DeRozan (22), Cory Joseph (20) and Serge Ibaka (23) each eclipsed 20 points in the loss with Kyle Lowry injured, but it was to no avail and the Raptors’ season comes to an end.Cleveland awaits the winner of Boston-Washington’s Eastern Conference semifinals series.The Eastern Conference Finals will begin on either May 15 or May 17, depending on if the BOS-WAS series goes seven games.center_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Sri Lanka seamers keep second test v S Africa in the balance

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s seamers set up a thrilling finish to the second and final test against South Africa after closing day two on 60 for two in pursuit of a victory target of 197 yesterday, leaving the series finely balanced at St George’s Park. Eighteen wickets fell on the second day, the most at this ground since 1914, as first Sri Lanka capitulated to 154 in their first innings and then skittled their hosts for 128 in South Africa’s second visit to the crease.Oshada Fernando (17 not out) and Kusal Mendis (10 not out) will push for victory on the third morning, but with 31 wickets having fallen in six sessions, South Africa will still feel in the game.The struggles of the batsmen on both sides would suggest a difficult wicket, but while there is some seam movement and bounce, it is not the minefield those numbers suggest. Sri Lanka started their second innings an hour before the close and took the score to 32 before Lahiru Thirimanne (10) nicked fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Two runs later Duanne Olivier found the edge of Dimuth Karunaratne’s bat when he had 19.The home side were not able to prise out any more wickets before the close as they seek to win the test and avoid a first ever home series loss to a side from Asia. The tourists won an epic first test by one wicket in Durban, a result that ensured South Africa’s streak of seven home series wins will come to an end.Sri Lanka had resumed in the morning session on 60 for three in their first innings but were bowled out within 90 minutes as Rabada (4-38) proved chief destroyer.The visitors clearly had a plan to attack the home bowlers and scored 94 runs in 17.4 overs, but could not stem the fall of wickets. That gave the home side a first innings lead of 68, but they were unable to capitalise after being skittled for 128 in their second innings.South Africa’s top order has battled all season and struggled again as they slipped to 91 for five on the stroke of tea.Hashim Amla (32) provided some resistance before he edged part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva (3-36) to slip, while skipper Faf du Plessis (50 not out) ended the innings as top-scorer but ran out of partners.  Suranga Lakmal (4-39) and Kasun Rajitha (2-20) were excellent as the rampant tourists bowled out the home side in 44.3 overs, their second lowest completed innings score at home since being skittled for 96 by Australia at Newlands in 2011 – a test they won. last_img read more

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