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


The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a wreck the final two months of the season.

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

The Raptors were playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game Two on Wednesday.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

"They have good players, even without Kyle", Lue added.

"We knew once we were healthy we could go on runs like this", Lue said. Today, I thought the players laid it on the line.

"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 Cavaliers) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons. They were making shots, the Cavs were missing, and Toronto went up by 11 points - their highest lead of the series.

Cleveland had a 12-point lead after the first half and entered the fourth quarter ahead by five.

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Irving responded with 11 straight points to put the Cavs up by eight with four minutes to play. "It's not just given to you, you have to go out and earn it".

James said the Cavs will get a needed rest for the Eastern Conference Finals. The question for Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is where his team goes now.

Gay, who played in 30 games this past season before rupturing his left Achilles' tendon January 18 against in, had informed the team he planned to opt out prior to the start of the season.

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.

"You have to give them credit, they are a heck of a 3-point-shooting team", DeRozan said. "We're going to work on our habits this week and see what happens".

Throughout the 2015-16 season, Toronto was home to a team brimming with confidence as they made their way to their first conference finals just weeks after notching their first 50-win campaign. It is likely they will get about a week off again until the Eastern Conference Finals begin. "It's going to be a long summer". "You dream about it, you want it but you don't have the experience to actually know", said James, whose Cavaliers can wrap up the series on Sunday in Toronto. The Cavaliers converted on 61.1 per cent of those looks, and a terrifying 59.5 per cent of their 37 wide-open looks from 3-point distance.

Boston led by 11 points at one point in the second quarter, but it was 48-48 at the break. He played a whopping 46 minutes, scored 14 points, nailed four of his seven three-point attempts, grabbed 12 rebounds, and swiped four steals.

The Raptors, though, found another gear in the third, and when Tucker launched a three with 0.8 seconds left in the quarter, it cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80 with one quarter left.

James and the Cavs have yet to lose a game, sweeping the Toronto Raptors Sunday night. Lowry missed 21 games at the end of the regular season, and had just a handful of games with the newcomers. Lowry is one of the best point guards in the league, and he can space the floor, initiate offense and defend at a high level.