Speculation: The LA Clippers should consider Kyle Lowry if Chris Paul leaves

But less than 24 hours after the Raptors' season ended in a four-game sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Lowry gave no hints about his intentions.

Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who played with Okalahoma City when the Thunder lost to James' Miami Heat in the 2012 Finals, said he's never seen LeBron better than right now.

"Anytime you have No. 23 you can flip every switch you want to", Dwane Casey said of James and the Cavs.

"I'm very impressed", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

"When LeBron is shooting the three ball the way he is, at the rate he's shooting it, they're hard", Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said.

Making his second start in place of injured point guard Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph had 20 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which lost in six games against Cleveland a year ago in the Conference Finals.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

"They're a great team", Tucker said.

They're the first team to win eight games in a row over consecutive post-season runs.

"But without that experience I wouldn't be where I am today". I thought our guys played with grit, toughness, togetherness. "It's going to take a Herculean effort to beat them". The postseason was a different story, though, as the All-Star guard only averaged 15.8 points in the eight games he played in. Kyrie Irving scored 11 of the 14 in the Cleveland flurry.

The Toronto Raptors' season has come to an end - but they didn't go down without a fight. "I tried my best. but he made some tough shots".

With Russell Westbrook out of the playoffs, LeBron James is now the current points per game leader at 34.4.

The Raptors would eventually realize their mistakes, trading Sullinger to the Suns for some much needed defence in the form of P.J. Tucker, while also starting to use Valanciunas off the bench in the playoffs.

DeRozan: "If we had LeBron on our team, too, we woulda won". So if Paul George and little else could play the defending champions that close, what would happen when Cleveland met a team of real substance?

Now that the Cavaliers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, the club can just relax as it awaits the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards. As long as ownership is willing to go over the cap, the Raptors are better off with Lowry.

Boston led by 11 points at one point in the second quarter, but it was 48-48 at the break.

While Lowry's three-point shooting ability and veteran leadership are intriguing, signing Lowry to say.a four-year, $120 million plus contract just doesn't make sense for the Sixers, especially with the way they've been building their team. It was the biggest first half-to-second half turnaround in National Basketball Association history, in a season in which Miami led the league with 328 player games lost to injury or illness. The Cavs were 16-of-41 from the three-point line. Korver, who did not play in the first quarter, was 6 of 8 in the second quarter, including his four 3-pointers.

With the victory, the 32-year-old James also moved five wins away from reaching his seventh straight NBA Finals dating back to his time with the Miami Heat from 2010-2014.

Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two points.

Down by as many as 16 points Sunday, Toronto scrapped and clawed its way back to take a one-point lead with about six minutes left.

DeRozan wants Lowry back, but won't lobby him, he told ESPN.com on Sunday. PG Cory Joseph started at point guard for the Raptors with Lowry out. Cleveland's five first-half turnovers led to only two points.