DeRozan, Biyombo give Raptors new life
(The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Raptors crushed any ideas that they were going to be swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
Led by 32 points from DeMar DeRozan, and a franchise playoff record of 26 rebounds by Bismack Biyombo, the Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
"Everybody thought we were going to be swept and I think that fuels us," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "I thought we played with force."
It was the first loss of the playoffs for the Cavaliers, who swept through the first two rounds undefeated and won the first two games against the Raptors and lead the series 2-1.
"We just had a bad night but give them credit, they played well," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "They played like a team with their backs to the wall. They came out and they beat us. They were more aggressive, they were more physical, they were more active and they were faster.
"You have to give them credit, coming home and playing hard and feeding off their home crowd. We've got to play harder."
The Raptors led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, were ahead by 13 at half time, took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 15 points early in the fourth.
The Cavaliers cut that to eight before Biyombo made six successive points to increase the lead to 14 with 3:38 to play.
The center finished with seven points. Continued...