Kyle Lowry's Appearance Steals The Show During Toronto Raptors Loss

Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

"It's not satisfying, but it is rewarding when you can advance", said James, who will play in his ninth conference finals in 14 seasons. But the Cavaliers simply had too many weapons and did just enough down the stretch to hang on for the win and to move on to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals. A year later, expectations have changed and - now more than ever before - if they're not going to win, it matters how they lose. "And whatever it takes to beat the best, that's what I've gotta do".

Courtesy of their 109-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre Sunday, the Cavaliers earned their way to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive year. In the first half, they had an 18 to 5 ratio of assists to turnovers as the Cavaliers were up 61-49. He and his staff will take the methodical approach as they always have.

The future is bring, and for the Cavaliers, it will mean sweeping one more team so that the can rest before the alluring Finals trilogy.

Cleveland will now face the victor out of the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics series.

Joseph did a little of everything in this one, with 20 points, 12 assist and six rebounds while tirelessly chasing would-be Cavs scorers all over the floor. He played a whopping 46 minutes, scored 14 points, nailed four of his seven three-point attempts, grabbed 12 rebounds, and swiped four steals. Otto Porter scored four of his 18 points in the dominant six-minute span that included five points from Markieff Morris. That's something the Wizards could not accomplish in the opening two games in Boston, both won by the Celtics.

Isaiah Thomas finished with 19 points for the Celtics, but he scored 15 on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc in the opening 13:05. LeBron scored exactly 35 points in three of the four games, amassing a series-high 39 points in Game 2.

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Tucker closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston.

Jonathon Simmons had 17 points for the Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 apiece. Which means that the best duo in the National Basketball Association could be broken up.

Spoelstra and D'Antoni were named co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. It is named for the longtime executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, who died earlier this year.

In a ideal basketball world, that place would be Toronto, the place where Tucker began his career under the watchful eye of then head coach Sam Mitchell. A media panel voted separately for the NBA's Coach of the Year award, which will be announced June 26. Lowry and DeRozan have delivered the best era in Raptors history: the four winningest seasons in franchise history, the first four consecutive playoff berths, the first three wins in a best-of-seven series.

It was as though every time Toronto slowed down one part of the Cavs' offence, two other people stepped in to score.

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