The Toronto Raptors, who had long been counted out of their 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, have clawed their way back into tying the series two games apiece after a surprise win in Game Four on May 23, 2016.
“We’ve been counted out, and we like that challenge,” said Raptors All Star, DeMar DeRozan, after their 105-99 win over the Cavs.
Toronto got huge performances from its All Star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who have both continued to shoot themselves out of their respective historic slumps.
Lowry scored 35 points on a blistering 14-20 shooting night from the field including going four for seven from three point range. He also added five rebounds, five assists, and snatched three steals defensively. DeMar DeRozan added 32 points on 14-23 shooting.
Bismack Biyombo continued his recent surge of dominant post play, blocking three shots and grabbing 14 rebounds, bringing his rebound total to 40 in the two Toronto wins in the series.
Now the Raptors look to take their positive turn in play back to Cleveland where the Cavaliers have won the season and playoffs series three games to none and by a total of 72 points.
“We had a few defensive breakdowns that you can’t have down the stretch of a game, especially in the playoffs,” said Tyronn Lue after the game. “They executed every time we made a mistake.”
“We have to continue to make sure that when they punch, we punch back,” said Lowry. “And if they punch three times, we punch four times.”