NBA: LeBron on fire as Cavaliers bounce back at home to rout Raptors

 LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball in the second half against DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball in the second half against DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors. PHOTO: AFP

Washington (AFP) - LeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA Finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

James, who is seeking his sixth straight appearance in the NBA championship series, also had six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven series three games to two.

Game six is Friday in Toronto. The Raptors must win or else Cleveland will advance to next month's NBA Finals to face either the Oklahoma City Thunder or defending champion Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers delivered a stunning blow on Wednesday by flipping the script on the Raptors, who won back-to-back home games to level the series 2-2.

Cleveland's faith was also restored in forward Kevin Love, who scored a team-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting after making just 5-of-23 in the two losses in Toronto.