This is the third straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals for the Cavaliers and the seventh straight trip for a LeBron-led team.
Eliminated from the playoffs for the second year in a row by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers a day earlier, the Raptors weren't offering many answers about their future Monday as they met for exit interviews and end-of-season physicals.
"I think I can do it anywhere I play", Lowry said when asked if he can achieve that lofty goal in Toronto, where he's grown into the three-time All-Star he is today. The Cavs were 16-for-41 from 3-point range.
Cleveland got bench production - it was the LeBron plus the bench unit that helped Cleveland pull away at the start of the fourth.
"They went to him on isos", Raptors point guard Cory Joseph said. So when the team faced Cleveland once again this year, many fans had hoped that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan would be ready and able to defeat James and the Cavaliers.
The two teams meet on Wednesday night in Boston, before a potentially decisive Game 6 in Washington on Friday. The small forward is just getting started with the Jazz at 27 years old, reaching the postseason for the first time as the star of the team.
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The Cavs tied a record for three-point differential in a playoff series. Just a great effort from him in this one. They aren't adding a better point guard or player this offseason, and without Lowry they fall from a contender to a middle-of-the-pack playoff team. That's 43-25 (.632) overall (not including two losses to Cleveland in these playoffs), a stellar number. The Raps were reluctant to switch pindown actions for Korver when it was Thompson setting the screens and that left Korver open for shots. Game 5, if necessary, would be Tuesday in Cleveland. It would appear Casey was right.
James hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to put the Cavaliers ahead by 11.
"Winning close-out games is always tough", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
Dishing It: The Cavs had 24 assists, led by Kyrie Irving with 9 and LeBron James with 6. James' plus-minus in this one was +20.
John Wall finished with 27 points after missing his first nine shots and 12 assists for the Wizards, who evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 after Boston won the first two games at home. Tweeting within a game is ephemeral enough.
Not much Love: Kevin Love had a quiet game with just five points and five rebounds. As the entire National Basketball Association world knows, that picture changed drastically on the heels of the Draymond Green suspension and the Cavs rose from the grave to rattle off three straight wins in the now legendary comeback victory. "I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon". According to Raptors' general manager Masai Ujiri, the team needs a "culture reset".