Raptors hold off Cavaliers comeback to tie Eastern Conference finals


Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, consisting of a layup in the last minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference finals

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, consisting of a driving layup in the last minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.

DeMarre Carroll scored 11 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto enhanced to 8-2 in the house this postseason. Video game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Cleveland lost successive championship game to an Eastern Conference challenger for the very first time given that dropping the last 3 online games of the conference semi-finals to Boston in 2010.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye scored 9 of his 12 points in the 4th quarter.

The Raptors led by 9 indicate start the 4th however Frye made successive three-pointers as Cleveland opened the last quarter with an 8-0 run, sufficing to 78-77. The Cavaliers made their very first 11 shots of the 4th quarter. Fryes errant three-point effort at 4:12 was their very first miss out on.

DeRozan made 2 complimentary tosses at the other end and, after another miss out on by Frye, Carroll made one of 2 to put Toronto up 99-96 with 3:23 to go.

A long 3 by Irving made it 101-99 with 2:00 left, however DeRozan addressed with a driving bank chance at 1:33. Toronto got the ball back after Biyombo obstructed JR Smiths 3, and Biyombo kept the offending ownership alive by rebounding Lowrys missed out on shot. After a timeout, Lowry let the shot clock unwind in the past driving for the definitive layup, making it 105-99 with 22 seconds to go.

Toronto jumped out to a 13-5 lead as Cleveland missed out on 8 of its very first 10 shots. Following a timeout, the Cavs made 5 of their next 6 to cut the deficit however the Raptors led 27-24 after one quarter.

Lowry scored 15 points in the 2nd, making 3 of Torontos 4 three-pointers, as the Raptors opened a 57-41 halftime lead regardless of not shooting a single complimentary toss in the very first 2 quarters. It marked the very first time a group led by 15 or more at halftime in a conference finals online game without shooting a totally free toss considering that Game 2 of the 2001 East finals in between Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The Bucks made 2 of 6 from the line, the least ever made in an NBA championship game at the time.

DeRozan shot Torontos initially complimentary tosses at 6:13 of the 3rd after being taken on by Smith on a drive. The nasty dry spell followed Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for slamming the authorities following Torontos Game 3 win.

After shooting 3 for 22 from three-point variety in the very first half, the Cavaliers made their very first 3 long variety shots in the 3rd quarter. Cleveland linked on 6 of 8 3s in the 3rd however DeRozan and Lowry integrated for 16 points as Toronto took a 78-69 lead into the 4th.

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