NBA Playoffs: Toronto Raptors Tie Series Against Cleveland Cavaliers [Game 4]

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors combined for 67 points on Monday night, two more points than the Cleveland Cavaliers’ “Big 3” (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love) combined for in the same game. In doing so, Toronto guarantees at least one more home game for themselves against Cleveland in the best-of-seven series for the Eastern Conference Championship in the National Basketball Association’s 2016 Playoffs.

As the No. 1 seed Cavs try to keep the Raptors at bay in the East, the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors will look to tie things up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who currently lead their NBA Playoffs series in the West, 2-1.

Having lost two games in a row after winning 10 straight, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will try to adjust their strategy before they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavs-Raptors Game 4 stats

Kyle Lowry had a game-high 35 points on Monday night, adding five rebounds, five assists and a game-high three steals. DeMar DeRozan was good for 32 points, three boards, and three assists. While he only scored five points in over 41 minutes of play, Bismack Biyombo had a game-high 14 rebounds. Patrick Patterson was given 33 minutes of play coming off the bench, contributing nine points and five rebounds.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron had a team-high 29 points. He was one rebound away from having the game’s only double-double. James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with six assists each. Irving had 26 points in his own right. Kevin Love had a total of ten points and seven rebounds on the night. Coming off of the bench, Channing Frye was good for 12 points and six rebounds. Dahntay Jones was suspended for Game 4 after “punching” Toronto’s Biyombo in the groin during Game 3.


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Western Conference Finals: Warriors vs. Thunder

The OKC Thunder upset the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 108-102. Steph Curry and the Warriors tied things up 1-1 after Game 2, winning 118-91 at the Oracle Arena. When the teams traveled to Oklahoma for Game 3, the OKC Thunder pummeled the Warriors 133-105 to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-game series.

While many Warriors fans were worried about Stephen Curry’s health after an injury forced him out of parts of the first two series of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, he has since returned to full-force, hoping to lead Golden State to back-to-back NBA Championships. They can tie up the series in Game 4 from OKC on Tuesday, May 24. The teams will head back to Oakland for Game 5 on Thursday, May 26. If Game 6 is necessary, it will be in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 28. If the Toronto Raptors end up playing their third Game 7 in three series, it will happen in Oakland on Monday, May 30.

Cleveland-Toronto: Where To Watch Game 5

Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will be Wednesday, May 25, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Tickets for the game are sold out, although second market options are available to see Cavaliers vs. Raptors live at The Q for Game 5. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST and will air on ESPN. Game 6 will be played Friday, May 27 in Toronto. If necessary, Game 7 will be in Cleveland on Sunday, May 29.

Game 4 of the Warriors-Thunder series will air on TNT Tuesday night, with the game scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. EST.

[Photo credit AP Photo/Tony Dejak]