What everyone had assumed would be a quick and tidy sweep has suddenly turned into an all-out Playoff war between Toronto and Cleveland.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 67 points in Game 4 Monday night in the Raptors’ 105-99 win against the Cavaliers, evening up the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.
Toronto is now 8-2 at home in the postseason, but only 2-6 on the road (which is where they’ll be for Game 5.)
Per the AP:
“We’ve been counted out, and we like that challenge,” DeRozan said. […] The next challenge for Toronto? Game 5 on Wednesday night in Cleveland, where the Raptors are 0-3 this season, losing by a combined 72 points.
“We have to continue to make sure that when they punch, we punch back,” Lowry said. “And if they punch three times, we punch four times.”
After a 10-0 start to these playoffs, the Cavaliers are counting on home court advantage to help them reach their second straight Finals. […] “Going back home we have to play a lot better and I think we will,” LeBron James said.