The Toronto Raptors must win a road game to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and the league’s lone Canadian franchise will try to do just that, as Game Five will stream live on Wednesday after Toronto shocked Cleveland by taking two straight games at Air Canada Center to even the series at two games apiece.
After suffering blowouts of 31 and 29 points in the first two games, both played in Cleveland, most NBA fans and experts dismissed Toronto as a team that had finally hit a wall after advancing deeper into the playoffs than any year in the team’s 21-season history.
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In fact, the Raptors had not won a single playoff series since 2001 before making their way to the Eastern Conference Finals this year.
But despite falling behind midway through the fourth quarter on Monday, Toronto relied on its two top players, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan — who poured in 35 and 32 respectively — as they battled back and finally secured a six-point victory to send LeBron James and his Cavaliers back to Cleveland facing a must-win game Wednesday.
A loss would put Cleveland’s back to the wall, down 3-2, and returning to Toronto with their hopes of a second straight NBA Finals bid on the line.
“Honestly, we’ve been playing with our backs against the wall. We never cared what nobody else thought,” DeRozan told The Canadian Press after Monday’s game. “It was a challenge for us every single day. We’ve been counted out, and we liked that challenge.”
Watch a preview of the crucial Game Five, courtesy of NBA TV, in the video below.
And view full highlights of the Toronto Raptors’ dramatic, series-tying victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the following video.
To find out how to watch a live online stream of the Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game Five, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 25.
“The Q” has provided friendly confines for James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and the Cavaliers squad this postseason. Cleveland — which finished at 57-25 with the best record in the Eastern Conference, but only one game better than Toronto — has outscored opponents by 18 points in every home playoff game, and the Cavaliers have crossed the 100-point mark in each playoff game they’ve played at Quicken Loans Arena.
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But the Cavaliers will need to cool off the Raptors backcourt of Lowry and DeRox, who are averaging 55.3 points between them in the series, and have shot a combined 15 for 30 from three-point range.
LeBron James described himself as “a confident guy” heading into the crucial Game Five, but of the 12 times James has played in a playoff series Game Five with the series even at 2-2, his teams have won six and lost six. He will break that tie, one way or the other, on Wednesday night.
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To watch the Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game Five stream live from Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals Game Five stream live online.
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