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


"We understand it's never easy, especially in a close-out game", said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday and added nine assists.

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

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey wanted his team to play Game 4 with pride.

"It was a tough game for us".

But with Kyle Lowry on the bench for a second straight game with a sprained ankle, the Raptors couldn't match the Cavs' firepower. "I think he's chasing Michael (Jordan)". I thought our guys played with grit, toughness, togetherness.

The Raptors can re-sign Lowry with his Bird rights, but they won't have much if any cap room to make sizable additions. "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".

With James better than ever and the Cavaliers firing 3-pointers from all over, Toronto lost to Cleveland for the second straight postseason.

For a while, Game 4 looked as though it might actually end up a Toronto win.

"If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won", DeRozan said.

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James had nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Cavs controlled most of the game but Toronto came back from a 16-point deficit and took the lead, 93-92 on a jumper and a foul shot by Serge Ibaka with 6:38 left in the game.

"They're a great team", Tucker said. They are a totally different team defensively and definitely offensively [since the end of the regular season]. But they collided with Cleveland earlier than expected, and the mood around their Biosteel Centre training facility Monday was one of unrealized goals. "Sitting on the bench in Game 3 suited up and knowing I can't play, Game 4 sitting there trying to help my team no matter what it was - helping them see plays, coach - it just sucks that I wasn't able to help my team". "It's going to be a long summer". His fourth three of the quarter gave the Cavs a 14-point lead just under a minute before halftime, and Cleveland had a 61-49 advantage at the break.

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 1:41 first; team, 1:41 first; Thompson, 9:47 second; Shumpert, 8:07 second. Kyrie Irving had 27 points, while Kyle Korver finished with 18.

Tucker closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80. James led all scorers with 10 points and Ibaka led Toronto with seven points.

Lowry, who watched Toronto's last two games because of a sprained left ankle, said he expects the July decision to be hard.

Raptors: Toronto shot 10-for-29 from 3-point range.

LeBron James puts some emphasis on these two points, part of his 35-point afternoon in Toronto as the Cavaliers completed a series sweep of the Raptors.