Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

Kyle Korver scored 18 points to help the Cavaliers become the first team to win eight straight playoff games the year following a title, and the first team to win eight straight in consecutive postseasons.

DeRozan was being sarcastic when he referenced LeBron James in a Raptors jersey.

In fact, James may be more lethal now than ever.

By the time Sunday's Game 4 began, with Toronto on the brink of elimination, the Raptors had turned in just three competitive quarters over the course of three contests, all of which were decided by double figures.

"But without that experience I wouldn't be where I am today". "I just watched San Antonio-(Houston)". Maybe they could have made a series out of this if they didn't see Lowry, the heart of the team, go down with a bum leg.

"I will be opting out and that's as far as I've gotten", Lowry said. "That extra hop step, everything out there on the court".

It looks like the Toronto Raptors will be taking a huge step back next year. If he is looking to come out to the West, however, Magic Johnson could look to bring him in to help elevate this struggling franchise.

That mileage isn't insignificant. Nevertheless, it seems he's speeding up, not slowing down.

"Since the second half of the season, he's really went to another level", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said he hoped Lowry may yet return to Toronto next season but told ESPN.com he would not lobby him. The way he's been playing is phenomenal.

For his part, James insists both he and the Cavaliers still have room for improvement.

Kyrie Ball: Kyrie Irving took over when the Cavs went behind by one point in the fourth quarter, scoring 11-straight points to give the Cavs a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Even though we won this series, there's some things we can clean up. "We've got to learn from that".

And from the Elias Sports Bureau, Cleveland tied an National Basketball Association record with its 12th consecutive win in series-clinching games, first set by the Lakers from 2000-2004. Shutting down Toronto should not have been such an easy task, particularly considering the Raptors entered the playoffs with the sixth-best offense in the National Basketball Association, higher than luminaries such as the Spurs, Celtics and Wizards. PG Cory Joseph started at point guard for the Raptors with Lowry out. This year, he started just five of nine games and averaged 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game. I thought the guys played with grit, toughness, togetherness. All the while, Cleveland will be watching film, working on things they can do against either team, and getting some well-earned rest. "You've got to score 117, 118 points a night to beat them, because they have so many weapons offensively".

Lowry also made it clear that he doesn't know what his next step despite being on the verge of opting out.

"We knew once we were healthy we could go on runs like this", Lue said. "He's got to make the decision, as a friend I've got to be there to support him". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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