‘Big time’ Beyombo helps Raptors cut Cavs lead
Cleveland’s perfect play-off run was ended after Toronto beat the Cavaliers 99-84 to trim the deficit in their NBA Eastern Conference finals series to 2-1.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds, handing the Cavaliers their first loss in this post-season after 10 straight wins.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors. They responded after losing the first two games in Cleveland by a combined 50 points. “It’s a long series,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. “It’s not over with yet, but everybody thought we were going to get swept. “That fuels us and if that’s what it takes, so be it.” Biyombo had four blocks, helping Toronto limit the Cavaliers to 20 points in the paint.
“It was amazing, honestly,” DeRozan said about Biyombo’s performance. “He was big time. Without him, we probably would't get this win.”
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and star man LeBron James admitted they were beaten by the better team.
Lue said: “They were more aggressive, more physical, more active. They were faster and beat us to the ball.”
James added: “We didn’t play our game and they made us pay for it.”