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Toronto Raptors Advance To Conference Finals

Faced with yet another game 7 series deciding game, the Toronto Raptors were once again able to pull through and deliver an exciting 116-89 victory over the Miami Heat Sunday in Toronto.

Kyle Lowry, and Demar Derozan have both had their struggles throughout the playoffs, but both put the team on their back, and delivered when it mattered.

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, and DeMar DeRozan added 28 for Toronto, who reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. Bismack Biyombo added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors.

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They’ll open the Eastern Conference Finals in Cleveland against LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Tuesday night something Toronto fans are looking forward to as indicated by their `We Want Cleveland!’ chant in the final seconds of their game against Miami.

All season long, Raptor fans have continued to cheer on their team whether at home, at the game, or outside in Jurassic Park.

DeMarre Carroll scored 14 points, and Patrick Patterson had 11 to help the Raptors become the 15th team in NBA history to win two Game 7s in one postseason.

Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic each scored 16 points for the Heat, who were looking to rebound from key injuries to Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside.

Leading 86-78 to begin the fourth, Toronto stretched its lead to 16 on a dunk by Biyombo and back-to-back 3-pointers by Carroll and Terrence Ross, making it 96-80 at 9:41.

Biyombo especially had a profound impact on the game blocking shots, grabbing rebounds, and altering numerous shots at the rim. Moving forward his production is vital to go up against the Cavaliers, with Jonas Valanciunas still nursing a ankle injury sustained in game 3 in Miami.

With game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals slated to start Tuesday in Cleveland, the Raptors have very little time to celebrate.

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