LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the fourth quarter of Game 4 by making their first 11 shots, completely erasing a double-digit deficit in the process. It was just how things tend to go for the Toronto Raptors. No one watching across the country was shocked, and those at Air Canada Centre definitely weren’t surprised.
The Raptors beat the Cavaliers, 105-99, on Monday night to tie the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. Lowry tormented Cleveland from the opening tip en route to 35 points on 20 shots; DeRozan went for 32 points on 14-of-23 shooting; and Biyombo had five points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks to continue his run as the postseason’s top breakout performer.
Until the fourth quarter, Game 4 seemed like one Toronto was bound to win. Lowry and DeRozan were splashing jumpers and attacking the rim despite failing to get to the free-throw line, and Biyombo was spearheading a defense that had the Cavaliers nearly as frustrated as they appeared 48 hours earlier.
Could this series really go back to Northeast Ohio all knotted up? The only way that wouldn’t come to pass was if the always brilliant James rose to the occasion and the perpetually woebegone Raptors fell from it.
It even happened before crunch time, too.