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Kyle Lowry Says Raptors' 59-Win Season Was 'Wasted Year' After Loss to Cavs

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7: Kyle Lowry #7 and DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors wait for a free-throw during the second half of Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 128-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Though the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with 59 wins during the regular season, star point guard Kyle Lowry had nothing positive to say about his team's performance after it was swept out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Lowry called the 2017-18 campaign a "wasted year" for the Raptors, via ESPN.com.

"To be the best, you've got to beat the best," Lowry added. "We've continuously failed against the team that made the Finals the last three years."

Cleveland won 12 of its 14 games against Toronto over the past three postseasons, including sweeps of the last two series in 2017 and 2018.

This season marked the first time the Raptors earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but Toronto became the first No. 1 seed to be swept before the conference finals since the Baltimore Bullets in 1969.

Lowry did his part to help the Raptors try to get over the hump. The 32-year-old averaged 17.8 points and 8.8 assists and shot 57.1 percent in the four games.

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