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LeBron puts up 33 points for the Cavs and will head to the NBA Finals for the sixth consecutive time

Cleveland got the better of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference decider.

Image: Tony Dejak

LEBRON JAMES IS off to yet another NBA Finals – his sixth consecutive championship decider.

Last night, he put up 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made six assists as his Cleveland Cavaliers got the better of the Toronto Raptors to take the Eastern Conference title at the Air Canada Centre.

The 113 – 87 victory meant a 4-2 series win for the Cavs and ensured them a place in the finals for a second successive year.

It’s only the third ever time the franchise has made it this far and they’ll be hoping for better luck against either the Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder.

In 2015, they were beaten by Steph Curry and co. in six games while they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 – failing to win a game in a what was a thumping 4-0 series defeat.

It’s been a 52-year drought for the city of Cleveland in sports terms – the Browns Superbowl win in 1964 was the last major national success.

For James, he played in four straight finals for the Miami Heat – winning in 2012 and 2013 and reaching the deciders in 2011 and 2014.

He becomes the eighth player in NBA history to make it to six straight finals – and the first who didn’t play for the Boston Celtics.

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