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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Vladimir Tarasenko making things interesting here with back-to-back goals for the Blues. 4-2 San Jose.


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The mood in the Cavs locker room could definitely be called "light." LeBron James is sitting in his locker icing his knees while dancing and singing along to "Back Stabbers" by the O'Jays.


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It was a good night for Cleveland. The Cavs crushed the Raptors, and the #UFC announced heavyweight champ and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic will defend his title Sept. 10 at the Q.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey: "They kicked our butts. That's the bottom line."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Joonas Donskoi with goal No. 4 for the Sharks. Barring a major collapse, that should do it with the way Sharks are playing.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs are one win away from a repeat trip to the NBA Finals.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Another goal for Joel Ward. Great pass from Logan Couture. San Jose now up 3-0, long ovation from the fans who now have 16 minutes of clock to watch with trip to Cup finals waiting.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's a final in Cleveland. Cavs 116, Raptors 78. The 78 points are the fewest the Cavs have allowed in a game this postseason.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Final: Cavs 116 Raptors 78. Cleveland leads the Eastern Conference finals series 3-2. Toronto has lost three games at Quicken Loans Arena by a combined 88 points.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Cavs bench, which at this point consist mostly of their starters, is enjoying the final minutes of this 40-point blowout.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Blues better in the second but lose ground. Sharks go into second intermission with 2-0 lead. San Jose one period away from first trip to Stanley Cup finals in franchise history.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

With Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry's night over, his Eastern Conference finals splits: In two home wins 55 points, 8-for-15 3-point range, five turnovers. In three road losses 31 points, 2-for-19 3-point range, 14 turnovers.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have combined for 71 points. The Raptors have 60 as a team. Cleveland leads by 40 heading to the 4th quarter of Game 5 and is 12 minutes away from taking a 3-2 lead back to Toronto for Game 6.

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Cavs 100 Raptors 60 end 3. Nothing more needs to be said.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

LeBron James (23 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast) checks out with 1:53 left in the third quarter and that might be it for him tonight. The Cavs lead the Raptors by 36 in Game 5.

Doug McIntyre ESPN Staff Writer 

A Christian Pulisic jersey sighting after the U.S. national team's 1-0 win over Ecuador in Frisco, Texas. 17-year-old Pulisic came off the bench and played the final 27 minutes of the friendly for the Americans.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Game 5 is deep into the third quarter and Cleveland is still shooting better than 60% from the field. Meanwhile the Raptors are shooting worse overall (43%) than the Cavs are from deep (47%). That's how you end up with a 34-point Cleveland lead.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Joel Ward tips point shot from Brent Burns and Sharks now up 2-0. Crowd here rocking. San Jose has been the better team in this game since the drop of the puck.

LeBron powers home a Lovely pass

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The Raptors needed a good start to the second half. Instead they immediately turned it over, leading to a wide-open LeBron James dunk. The Cavs' lead is now 33.