‘Big time’ Bey­ombo helps Rap­tors cut Cavs lead

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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.”

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