Saturday 16 December 2017 / 06:56 AM

RESURGENT RAPTORS LEVEL EAST FINALS

The Toronto Raptors are back!

Humbled by 31 points in Game 1 and again by 19 points in Game 2 as the Cavaliers opened the Eastern Conference Finals in blistering fashion at home, the Raptors have levelled the series at 2-all with back-to-back wins at the Air Canada Center.

The rank outsiders followed up their boilover 99-84 win in Game 3 on the weekend with a high-quality 105-99 victory over the Cavs in Game 4.

An enigmatic figure throughout the playoffs, Kyle Lowry stood up with a game-high 35 points on 14-for-20 shooting, while he also contributed 5 assists and 5 rebounds.

Toronto led by 16 at halftime and showed plenty of resolve to hold a second-half fight-back from the Cavs that saw the visitors grab a three-point advantage at one stage.

DeMar DeRozan continued his rich vein of form with 32 points on 14-for-23 shooting, but the Raptors’ defence also came up big.

Bismarck Biyombo, who tallied 26 rebounds in Game 3, produced another 14 boards this time around, and came up with this epic block on LeBron James.

LeBron top-scored for the defeated Cavaliers with 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Kyrie Irving came away with 26 points and 6 assists.

An all-important Game 5 clash will go down in Cleveland on Thursday morning (AEST).

[YouTube – Ximo Pierto Final]

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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