DeMar DeRozan Admits that LeBron James Still Reigns Over the National Basketball Association

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

"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 and added nine assists. "There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end". He had more again in Game 4 of the series this weekend with a Raptors fan sitting courtside in Toronto, who James teased about his shoe selection.

"It was a tough game for us".

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio. "It's not a secret and we needed to change our style of play because we needed to move the ball get some good shots and create offence other than DeMar doing everything".

They're the first team to win eight games in a row over consecutive post-season runs. Today, I thought the players laid it on the line. It's not so much arrogance, but more just extreme confidence that if the Cavaliers take care of the things they can control, there's nobody in the Eastern Conference that can beat them.

"You're going to have to have very flexible defenders", Casey said, "and you're going to have score 117, 118 points a night".

Cleveland had Toronto's number from three-point range, outscoring the Raptors 183-81 from beyond the arc in the series. You look on the scoresheet after the game and he's still playing 42 minutes a game.

"We just want the effort to continue to be consistent, and continue to play inspired basketball and put together 48 minutes of really good basketball", Love said.

"(Irving) was able to make some big plays down the stretch", LeBron James said.

Casey "helped me be me, a better man, a better basketball player", said Lowry. "I feel I've grown a lot here".

James added nine rebounds and six assists.

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and eight assists, Cory Joseph scored 20 points and added 12 assists, P.J. Tucker scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Norman Powell scored 10 points. "It happened. We got swept and it's going to be one of them long summers for us". They're one of the league's top eight teams by any measure and that shouldn't be taken for granted.

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. "Korver is one we take credit for because we fell asleep in the second quarter and he came off too clean in a couple of situations".

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 1:41 first; team, 1:41 first; Thompson, 9:47 second; Shumpert, 8:07 second.

Bench Brigade: Led by Kyle Korver, the Cavs bench out scored the Raptors bench, 26-7 in the first half. Korver scored 16 points in the second, making four 3-pointers, as Cleveland led 61-49 at halftime.

The Toronto Raptors' season has come to an end - but they didn't go down without a fight.

Sidelined by a sprained left ankle, Lowry was not active Sunday when Toronto was swept in the second round of the playoffs by defending champion Cleveland.

Some think Toronto is better off if Lowry walks.

Inevitably, LeBron James was the main man, scoring 35 points, with Kyrie Irving posting 27.

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