Kyle Lowry puts the Raptors up, and gets his career high in points scoring his 43rd point. pic.twitter.com/TCb0aT5zdH
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) February 27, 2016
In what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors were able to take the season series against the Cavs Friday night behind a career night from Kyle Lowry, who scored 43 points, including the go-ahead jump shot with three seconds remaining and the score tied at 97-97 to help ice the two-point win. LeBron James got an open look on the next possession, but threw up an air-ball. Cleveland led by as many as 14 points in the second half.
Lowry shot a wildly efficient 15-of-20 from the field overall and added nine assists and five rebounds on the night. The two-time All-Star was forced to step up his game as teammate DeMar DeRozan was suffering from flu-like symptoms throughout the night and was held to just 1-of-11 shooting. But Toronto also got solid contributions elsewhere from Terrance Ross, who chipped in 15 points, as well as Jonas Valanciunas and Bismack Biyombo, who added 11 points apiece.
They were able to withstand a 25-point, eight-rebound, seven-assists outing from James, who shot 50 percent from the field and from behind-the-arc, although he was personally responsible for six of Cleveland’s 14 total turnovers. The Cavs also got 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from Kevin Love, but it was on off night for Kyrie Irving, who scored just 11 points on 4-of-11 from the field.