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Post Game Report Card: Toronto Raptors end historic season with Game 6 loss to Cavaliers

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The Toronto Raptors‘ historic season is over after losing 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 35 points, but it wasn’t enough with the Cavaliers’ Big 3 combining for 83 points. The Air Canada Centre won’t be celebrating another victory, after the Raptors won all four of their previous games this year at home against the Cavaliers. Even though this season didn’t end with a Larry O’Brien Trophy, the Raptors still accomplished a lot of history.

They were able to set a franchise record of 56 wins in the regular season, and make their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in franchise history.

It’s been a great year Toronto.

Post Game Report Card:

Offence: B

The Raptors weren’t able to keep up with the Cavaliers offence, because of a slow start that forced them to trail for the remainder of the game.

Lowry had an 18-point third quarter performance, which included the last 12 points for the Raptors, but it was too late with the Cavaliers already up by 14 at halftime. The Raptors shot 40 per cent from the field and a painful 16.7 per cent from 3-point distance in the first half, missing on many open looks. It wasn’t their night even though Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had solid performances, combining for 55 points on 50 per cent shooting.

No one else on the Raptors scored in double-digits, instead they combined for 33 per cent shooting from the field. Turnovers were also a problem for the Raptors, since they gave up more of them (12) than assists (10.)

Defence: C-

The Cavaliers smoked the Raptors behind their Big 3 and 3-point shooting.

When LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love all score 20 or more points, there’s almost nothing anyone can do, with their record being 6-0 in these playoffs. Led by the King’s 33 points on 13-22 shooting, the Cavaliers kept rolling right over the Raptors with transition baskets and open 3-point looks.

James, Love, Irving, J.R. Smith, and Channing Frye were all able to score 2 or more 3-pointers, on the Cavaliers’ way to making 17-31 attempts from distance. They also got to the rim in transition and put on another slam dunk showcase, outscoring the Raptors 17-5 on the fast break. The Cavaliers ended the game shooting 54.1 per cent from the field, on their way to building the lead to as much as 26.

Rebounding: B

The battle on the glass didn’t play the biggest factor in tonight’s game, with the Cavaliers beating the Raptors 38-33.

Love led all players with 12 rebounds on his way to a double-double, while Bismack Biyombo had the most on the Raptors with 9. Jonas Valanciunas was also able to pull in 8 boards, 4 of them being on the offensive glass.

In 17 minutes of action, Valanciunas tried picking up where Biyombo had left off, after he received a flagrant-1 at the 3:18 mark of the 1st. He wasn’t able to guard James or any of the other Cavaliers around the wing, but he did get in some ‘bizness’ with Richard Jefferson.

Game Ball: Kyle Lowry

James did have a great performance in a vital Game 6, but Lowry was able to deliver one last stretch of ‘Lowry Time’ in the third quarter.

Even though it didn’t ultimately get the Raptors the win, it still reminded fans of how great this season was because of their third-team All-NBA point guard. In the third quarter, Lowry was able to score 18 points on 4-5 shooting from 3-point distance, and get the Raptors within 12 going into the final frame.

The Raptors were able to cut to it to 10 points with their first shot of the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers became too much to deal with for the 6-foot point guard. Lowry did all he could for the Raptors tonight and throughout the entire 2015-16 season, making it right that he receives the Game Ball from the ‘biggest game in Raptors history.’

All stats for this article are from NBA.com

You can follow Bryan Meler on Twitter @BryanMelo97





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