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After routing Heat, Raptors ready for Cavs

Kyle Lowry of the Raptors celebrates late in Game 7 against the Heat with Toronto fans eager to face Cleveland in the East final.

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Kyle Lowry of the Raptors celebrates late in Game 7 against the Heat with Toronto fans eager to face Cleveland in the East final.

TORONTO — Toronto fans chanted "We Want Cleveland!'' in the final seconds. They got it.

Kyle Lowry scored 35, DeMar DeRozan had 28 points and the Raptors beat the Heat 116-89 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history.

Bismack Biyombo added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors. They'll open the East final in Cleveland against LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

"It's great to hear the home crowd," DeRozan said. "This organization deserves it, this country deserves it, to see them get to the next step, somewhere they haven't been. But we're not done yet."

After struggling for much of the playoffs, Lowry made 11 of 20 shots, including five of seven from 3-point range, and DeRozan connected on 12 of 29 attempts.

"We never doubted Kyle and DeMar," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "They're our All Stars and they both played like it (Sunday). They both stepped up and carried us."

Casey declined to say whether center Jonas Valanciunas, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3, would be ready for Cleveland.

Scouting booklets for the Cavs were on the chair of each Raptors player inside their locker room less than an hour after the game.

Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic each scored 16 for Miami.

"We fought tooth and nail to try to get to that goal of getting to the Eastern Conference Finals," Wade said. "We came up obviously one game short of that. For myself and a lot of guys on this team, there's not always another season, so you want to take advantage of the opportunities."

Raptors 116, Heat 89

MIAMI (89): Winslow 3-8 6-8 14, Deng 4-9 4-4 12, J.Johnson 6-9 0-0 13, Dragic 6-17 4-5 16, Wade 6-13 2-4 16, Do.Wright 1-2 0-0 2, McRoberts 4-7 2-2 10, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-1 0-0 0, Richardson 1-3 0-0 3, T.Johnson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 32-72 18-23 89.

TORONTO (116): Carroll 4-5 4-4 14, Patterson 2-8 7-7 11, Biyombo 6-8 5-12 17, Lowry 11-20 8-11 35, DeRozan 12-29 4-7 28, Ross 3-5 0-0 8, J.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Nogueira 1-1 0-0 2, De.Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 0-8 1-2 1, Powell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-85 29-43 116.

Miami 24 23 31 11— 89

Toronto 25 28 33 30— 116

3-Point GoalsMiami 7-25 (Winslow 2-3, Wade 2-4, T.Johnson 1-2, J.Johnson 1-3, Richardson 1-3, Green 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, Deng 0-3, Dragic 0-5), Toronto 9-20 (Lowry 5-7, Carroll 2-2, Ross 2-4, DeRozan 0-1, Joseph 0-1, Powell 0-1, Patterson 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 30 (Winslow 8), Toronto 50 (Biyombo 16). AssistsMiami 16 (Dragic 7), Toronto 17 (Lowry 9). Total FoulsMiami 29, Toronto 23. A20,257 (19,800).

REPORT: TOWNS IS TOP ROOKIE: Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been voted the NBA's Rookie of the Year, according to the Associated Press. The league is scheduled to announce the winner today.

After routing Heat, Raptors ready for Cavs 05/15/16 [Last modified: Sunday, May 15, 2016 9:50pm]
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