Toronto Raptors star Lowry to opt for National Basketball Association free agency


However, their efforts were no match for the Cavs fourth quarter run led by Kyrie Irving, who finished the game with 27 points and 9 assists. "There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists to lead the Cavaliers, who won the National Basketball Association championship last season and will play either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Make no mistake, the Cavs were always supposed to win the series, even before taking their game to a level we hadn't seen from them since last spring, but the Raptors believed they had narrowed that gap enough to at least put up more of a fight. "They made threes today, it was tough on us". With 6:38 remaining in the game, the Raptors took a 93-92 lead to finish their comeback from a 16-point deficit.

They're the first team to win eight games in a row over consecutive post-season runs. "And that's all I've thought about right now". "I think this group can gel and continue to grow", he said. They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game. "The way they were making shots, and they were well-guarded, you're going to have to score 117-118 points a night to beat them".

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The Wizards set up the win by scoring 26 successive points in the third period as Bradley Beal ended with 29 points, with John Wall adding 27 and 12 assists. That's a staggering 102-point difference and truly disconcerting for the Raptors, who made 159 field goals to the Cavs' 158. James has been the King of just about every stat, and if you watch the games, it is clear that he has not slowed down even at 32 years old.

Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said he hoped Lowry may yet return to Toronto next season but told he would not lobby him.

Whether Lowry chooses to stay or go, DeRozan said he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes. "I feel I've grown a lot here".

James added nine rebounds and six assists.

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In Game 4, Korver was the X-factor for the Cavaliers, hitting 6-of-8 from three-point range en route to 18 points off the bench.

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 22, and the Raptors, coming off three consecutive blowouts, took Cleveland to the final couple of minutes before dropping a 109-102 decision to the defending National Basketball Association champion on Sunday.

"The 3-point line is definitely deadly now and the more shooters you have on your team, the deadlier you can be", he said. Maybe they could have punched with LeBron and company if they had more time to get used to one another. They do a great job of getting him going and it showed tonight. They are a totally different team defensively and definitely offensively [since the end of the regular season]. They are clicking on all cylinders as role players Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and JR Smith are going to be key down the stretch. The teams the Cavs will face in successive rounds should be a little more sophisticated in their attacks than the Raptors, which means a sweep likely won't come as easy in the conference finals.

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