Dodgers Dugout: Can LeBron James pitch in relief too?

Dodgers Dugout: Can LeBron James pitch in relief too?

–Lots of people are hoping the Dodgers get Manny Machado. But what the Dodgers really need are some relievers. They have really missed Brandon Morrow this season, and though I understand why it was going to be virtually impossible to re-sign him (he wanted to be a closer and got closer money from the Cubs), the guys brought in to replace him, Scott Alexander and Tom Koehler, have not been up to the task. Well, we really don’t know if Koehler would be up to the task or not, considering he hasn’t pitched. One of these seasons, the front office’s constant gamble of going cheap on the bullpen was going to bite them, and this looks to be the season.

NBA playoffs: Raptors beat Wizards in Game 5; LeBron James' last-second shot gives Cavaliers win

NBA playoffs: Raptors beat Wizards in Game 5; LeBron James' last-second shot gives Cavaliers win

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the first-round series.

Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 in Washington to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington for Game 6 on Friday night.

The only team in the NBA to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year’s second-round sweep against Cleveland. The last time Toronto lost three regular season games in a row was from Feb 8 to 14, 2017.

Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 5-0 in home Game 5s over the past five years.

John Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards. They went nearly four minutes without scoring down the stretch. Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Washington shot 8 for 24 in the fourth quarter, and Toronto had 15 rebounds in the final frame.

The Raptors won despite being out rebounded 50-35.

at Cleveland 98, Indiana 95: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo‘s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.

As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.

James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.

Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.

Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.