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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry will opt out of final year of contract

May 25 2017, 08:52 | Van Peters

USA TODAY SPORTS Le Bron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers into the Eastern Conference finals

LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers into the Eastern Conference finals

James scored 35 points in Game Three and Game Four and now has 5,846 points to trail Jordan by 151 points entering the Eastern Conference Finals. That streak ended when Toronto beat the Cavs in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Raptors couldn't duplicate the feat this time around.

The three-time all-star said Monday he'll opt out of the final year of his contract this week and become an unrestricted free agent in July.

When accounting for both of his team's playoff series, LeBron has scored at least 30 points in seven of his eight games.

"The fact that we play our best basketball in the postseason lets us know that we're up for the challenge", said James, who had nine rebounds and six assists. Kyrie Irving scored 11 of the 14 in the Cleveland flurry.

Point guard Kyrie Irving keyed the rally when he buried a step-back three-pointer and followed up with four free throws, as well as two driving shots in the lane. "When he's hitting the shot like that, they're very hard to beat", Casey said.

WIZARDS 121, CELTICS 102: Bradley Beal scored 29 points and the Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat Boston on to tie the series at two games apiece at Washington.

With Cleveland and Miami, James is chasing his seventh straight trip to the Finals.

Asked to choose between the Celtics and Wizards, James claimed not to have a preferred opponent.

"I understand that every day I have to be a leader on and off the court", he said. "It happened. We got swept". The margin reached 12, but Wall roared from there with all 14 of his first-half points coming in the second quarter. James, who was obviously having fun at the time, stopped on the sidelines to address a Raptors fan who was trying to give him a heckling treatment. "The guy we just lost to (James), he's 32 years old, he's still playing at a 25-year-old pace". I was so happy and it was a great move by our organization to get those guys because they kind of stand for what we needed.

Last year's NBA Champions defeated Toronto 109-102 to remain unbeaten in the Playoffs this season. Bolstered by late-season deals for Ibaka and P.J.

"I like the style of the team, the way they play, the locker room", Ibaka said. Again, it feels bad and it was ugly but it shouldn't diminish that excellent regular season we had and could have even had a better regular season. You've got to use that as motivation to get better, focus on the little things, focus on what you really have do to get better for next year.

"The 3-point line is definitely deadly now and the more shooters you have on your team, the deadlier you can be", he said.

DeRozan wants Lowry back, but won't lobby him, he told ESPN.com on Sunday. He was not active Sunday. Whether star Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry chooses to stay or leave, DeRozan says he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes this summer. Kyrie Irving had 27 points, while Kyle Korver finished with 18.

The Raptors went on a run in the third and even led briefly in the fourth quarter (something that they hadn't even previously sniffed at in this series), but ultimately it wasn't enough.

Percentages: FG.476, FT.938.

James hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to put the Cavaliers ahead by 11. Poeltl is on a rookie-scale contract and projects as a better defender than Valanciunas in a more limited role with higher block and steal percentages.

Turnovers: 12 (DeRozan 4, Powell 3, Joseph 2, Patterson, Tucker, VanVleet). DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors in the third with nine points, while Serge Ibaka added seven points.



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