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Raptors' season ends with 109-102 loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers

Raptors' season ends with 109-102 loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers

"There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

LeBron James scored 35 points with nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers subdued the desperate Raptors to remain unbeaten in eight games in these playoffs.

"The closeout game is always tough", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey wanted his team to play Game 4 with pride. Since the last time he was eliminated by an intra-Conference opponent - 2010, in his first stint with the Cavs - he's 80-20 in playoff games against the East, 32-4 since his return to Ohio. Some of that difference is just the normal flow of the game in basketball, but for stretches of the third and fourth quarters, the Cavaliers did get away from their offense a bit.

They're the first team to win eight games in a row over consecutive post-season runs.

"If you're that franchise's guy, and you're the guy that they've been rolling with, and you've given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [contract negotiations] should be easy."

The Raptors can re-sign Lowry with his Bird rights, but they won't have much if any cap room to make sizable additions. "You've got to score 117, 118 points a night to beat them, because they have so many weapons offensively".

It was eight minutes of clock time, but the series in microcosm: The Cavaliers absolutely torching the Raptors from distance, and Toronto unable to respond with three-point shots of their own.

Then we'll wait to see what next year's team will look like.

NBA: Cavaliers advance to Eastern Finals
Raptors' season ends with 109-102 loss to LeBron James, Cavaliers

Listen, DeMar DeRozan was being sarcastic when he said, "If we had LeBron on our team, we would have won", but his implied assessment of LeBron James - he of six straight NBA Finals appearances and counting - and his impact on this series was not wrong.

DeRozan, who was coming off a career playoff high 37 points, went down in a heap in the second quarter after taking a knee to the groin from Iman Shumpert. I've just gotta be better. "I feel I've grown a lot here". Still, Kyrie finished the game with nine assists and just one turnover.

Kyle Korver added 18 points for the Cavaliers and Channing Frye came off the bench to contribute 10 points.

"More shooters", DeRozan said.

Kyle Korver talked frankly this week about how different the mindset is when you play for the Cavaliers, how they discuss trying to get a sweep as a stated goal. They do a great job of getting him going and it showed tonight. James converted a three-point play with 15 seconds left in the first to tie it at 28-all after one. And once again I'm part of a team that's been able to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. "It's going to be a long summer".

DeRozan left the game briefly with 8:07 to play in the second quarter after he was inadvertently kicked in the midsection while guard Iman Shumpert.

Cleveland led 61-49 at the intermission with James and Korver leading the scoring with 16 points apiece. The Cavs opened a five-point lead in the two-plus minutes he missed.

James and the Cavs have yet to lose a game, sweeping the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.





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