The NBA is a guard’s world these days and the Raptors have two of the best. The one-two punch of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had the Air Canada Centre in a frenzy as the Raptors climbed back to even the Eastern Conference Finals 2-2. A 105-99 victory suddenly makes the Cavaliers look vulnerable. The Cavs cruised into this series on eight days rest and proceeded to snatch the first two games at home, making it ten straight for LeBron James and company. But they’re on an 0-2 streak as the series returns to Cleveland.
Lowry scored 35 points and DeRozan had 32, their quickness and penetration giving the Cavs all sorts of trouble. Both players made 14 shots from the field, DeRozan on 23 attempts and Lowry on 20. Guards need the ball, of course, and Bismack Biyombo had another huge game on the glass with 14 rebounds. Notable: the Raptors finally got some calls, going to the line more than the Cavs for the first time in the series and making 14-of-19. The Cavs were 8-of-9 from the stripe. James led Cleveland with 29 points. Toronto fans, who are guaranteed another game at Air Canada with the win, were a huge factor — it’s a tough place for visiting teams to win.