Raptors beat Heat in Game 7, earn showdown with Cavaliers
(The Sports Xchange) - Led by 35 points from Kyle Lowry and 28 from fellow guard DeMar DeRozan, the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 116-89 at home on Sunday in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The victory puts the Raptors in the Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history, against the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
The series starts on Tuesday in Cleveland.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey sees it as "as another step" for his team but says they are not going to rest on any laurels.
"For this program from where we started to where we are now, it's very important," Casey said.
"I think we've done everything we set out to do, but again, we're not done yet."
The ultimate goal is an NBA championship.
"I'm not saying we can do that," Casey said. "But I think this group is hungry and never say never. I know one thing, our guys will compete."
Added DeRozan: "We're so focused on getting ready for our next challenge. Continued...