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The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Toronto Raptors as they win, 128-93

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as tonight marks the fourth game in their playoff series.  If that happens, it will be the second straight time that the Cavaliers sweep the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  The odds will be against the Raptors as they have to face the Cavaliers and their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.

SERIES RECAP:

The first game of this series took place on May 1 when the Cavaliers pulled out a 113-112 overtime victory over the Raptors in Canada.  During that game, LeBron James scored twenty-six points, grabbed eleven rebounds, dished off thirteen assists, committed one steal, and blocked two shots while DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.

The second meeting was held on May 3 as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-128.  That matchup was also played at the Air Canada Centre as LeBron James recorded forty-three points in that game, along with eight rebounds, fourteen assists, and one steal.  DeMar DeRozan settled for only twenty-four points and three assists.

The series would shift over to Cleveland, Ohio, as the third game was played on May 5.  The home team would sneak away with a 105-103 win, thanks to the buzzer-beating floater made by LeBron James.  During that game, though, LeBron James had thirty-eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block while Kyle Lowry scored twenty-seven points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed two steals.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Rodney Hood (coach’s decision; 14.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Toronto Raptors to fifty-one percent.  J.R. Smith got hot for fifteen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also connected for three three-pointers while Kyle Korver contributed with thirteen points.  Korver also had three three-pointers as he shot eighty-three percent from the field.  Kevin Love saw to it that he got eleven points while recording two defensive rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.  LeBron James scored only ten points in the twenty-three minutes that he played but did manage to chalk up six defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.  Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the home team, Jonas Valanciunas dropped ten points off the bench as he shot a high sixty-three percent from the field.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself nine points and five rebounds while four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry scored five points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles chalked up six points.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka scored eight points which included two three-pointers.  Fred VanVleet played thirteen minutes off the bench as he received five points but it was the Ohio team who went into halftime with a huge 63-47 advantage.

The home team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 65-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James would heat up for nineteen points while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.  Love earned himself twelve points while drilling two three-pointers in the third quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds while Green contributed with eight points off the bench.  Delon Wright scored ten points off the Toronto bench but it was enough as the Cavaliers hold off the Raptors, 128-93, completing a sweep and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block while Jonas Valanciunas had eighteen points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks (tying his playoff career-high).

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Raptors extend their winning streak to six as they take down the Heat, 115-112

The Toronto Raptors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately as they currently have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, holding onto a 39-16 record.  They will hope to grab their sixth straight win as they host the Miami Heat in Canada, who are coming fresh off of a five-game losing streak.  This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the second of three times that they will play each other this season.

The Raptors and the Heat have battled each other a grand total of 87 times as the Heat won 54 games while the Raptors were limited to just 33 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Miami team snuck away with a 90 to 89 victory.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 24 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

Rodney McGruder (leg)
Kelly Olynyk (shoulder; 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
Dion Waiters (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 39.8 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.6 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Derrick Jones (G-League; 3.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.6 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Derrick Walton (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 41.2 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.0 FG%, 21.4 3P%
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would start very competitve as the Heat shot fifty-five percent from the field while Canada team ended up shooting fifty percent.  Wayne Ellington would knock down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter as he grabbed three rebounds.  The 2016 NBA leader in blocks Hassan Whiteside would contribute with eight points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  He also had 7 rebounds and one steal while Dwyane Wade had six points off of the bench.  Goran Dragic ended up scoring seven points but only shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  James Johnson played 17 minutes off of the bench as he had eleven points.

As for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry poured 13 points on the court while knocking two three-pointers down in the second quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds and six assists while DeMar DeRozan earned himself seven points on thirty-three percent shooting.  Serge Ibaka helped out with seven points, as well, along with four defensive rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had six points.  Former Utah Jazz player C.J. Miles played the most minutes off of the bench to get hot for ten points as the Raptors went into halftime with a 57 to 55 lead.

The home team would close things out of the second half as they went on a 61 to 57 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, DeRozan lit the floor up with 20 points which included a three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had two rebounds and three assists while Lowry added to his scoring total by chalking up 12 more points.  Lowry earned nine of those points from beyond the arc while Ibaka had 7 points and 6 rebounds.  Dragic, on the other end, got extremely hot for 21 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors hold the Heat off, 115 to 112.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Goran Dragic had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Joel Embiid (23.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 49 FG%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (29-25) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the second of four times that they will clashed with each other this season.  The 76ers and the Heat have met up a total of 119 times in the past as the 76ers won 57 games while the Heat went on to win 62 games.  February 2 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers pulled away with a 103-97 victory.  Ben Simmons finished that game with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Kelly Olynyk had 19 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

The Toronto Raptors will visit the Windy City to take on Zach LaVine (17.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 41 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (20-36) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.  This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Raptors and the Bulls have battled each other a grand total of 84 times as the Raptors won 36 games while the Bulls went on to pull out 48 victories.  The last time they played each other was on January 3 when the Raptors handed the Bulls a 124-115 loss.  During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, and committed 3 steals while Justin Holiday had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics would look bounce back from a 0-2 start as they visited Pennsylvania to take on their division rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers.  This would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other as the 76ers hoped to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  It’s been five years since the 76ers made the playoffs but with the new addition of Markelle Fultz, they have their eyes set on coming out of that drought.

The first quarter would be held closely as the 76ers shot thirty-three percent from the field and the Celtics shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  Jayson Tatum would score six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also pull down two defensive rebounds as Al Horford put up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning five points.  He collected three of them from behind the arc as he recorded four rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the floor, J.J. Redick would also put up six points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process.  Jerryd Bayless ended up scoring five points as he nailed a three-pointer, as well.  Joel Embiid would only be limited to two points which he earned all from the free-throw line but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Boston team headed into the second period with a 24 to 21 lead.

During the second quarter, the Boston Celtics would shoot forty-five percent from the field as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-four percent.  Ben Simmons would shoot fifty percent from the field as he chalks up seven points.  He also grabs five rebounds as Redick would continue to add to his scoring total by knocking down two more three-pointers.  Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz would each be limited to four points off the bench but Saric managed to collect two offensive rebounds as Fultz grabbed one defensive rebound.

As for the Celtics, Brown chalked up seven points as he nailed a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as Irving scored seven points, as well.  Horford would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points as he recorded one defensive rebound and one assist.  Terry Rozier would be held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds as the 76ers entered halftime with a slight 50 to 46 advantage.

The Philadelphia team would come out of the locker room shooting thirty-six percent from the field, limiting the Celtics to twenty-six percent from the field.  J.J. Redick chalked up five more points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns five points along with four defensive rebounds.  Fultz would only be limited to two points in the five minutes that he played.

On the other end of the court, Rozier would shoot sixty percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  2013-2014 NBA champion Aron Baynes would record six points as he pulled down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Irving would be held to only two points in the eleven minutes that he played but he would manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the 76ers closed the third quarter with a 72-69 lead.

The Boston Celtics would look to make a comeback in the last quarter as they sparked up a 33 to 20 run, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field while holding the home team to thirty-nine percent.  Al Horford would start to heat up for nine points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He would nail a three-pointer while doing so, along with pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Shane Larkin would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting eight points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc while recording two rebounds and two assists.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot forty percent but would score seven points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.

Robert Covington would help the 76ers out as he puts up six points and pulls down two offensive rebounds.  Bayless would record five points as he drills a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Joel Embiid would drop four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Redick ended up shooting twenty-five percent while only scoring two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Simmons would score two points, pull down two rebounds and dish off two assists but it was the Boston Celtics who escape with a 102 to 92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-one points, six rebounds, and four assists as J.J. Redick would finish with nineteen points and four assists.  Joel Embiid would tie his career-high in rebounds as he pulled down a total of fourteen in this game.

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

The Washington Wizards escape with a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Wednesday’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers would mark the first of three matchups.  Last season, the Wizards finished at fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record but they would lose to the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals, 3-4.  The 76ers, on the other hand, finished with a 28-54 record at the fourteenth place in the Conference.  They would look to start the season off right as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Wizards.

During the first quarter of the game, the Wizards shot forty-eight percent from the field while the 76ers would shoot thirty-six percent from the field.  Otto Porter scored eight points in the first quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Four-time All-Star John Wall would contribute with six points while shooting only thirty-eight percent from the field.  Mike Scott would come off of the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would record five points while knocking down one three-pointer.

As for the Pennsylvania team, Joel Embiid would drop six points which would include four free-throws.  He would also do some work on the boards as he pulled down five defensive rebounds.  Ben Simmons would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points while rookie Markelle Fultz would come off the bench to drop four points, along with two offensive rebounds but the Wizards would walk into the second quarter with a 32 to 23 lead.

In the second period, the Philadelphia 76ers would shoot fifty-six percent from the field as the Washington Wizards shot fifty percent.  Robert Covington would score eight points in the quarter, six coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe.  Simmons would drop six points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard J.J. Redick would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself six points as Wall would be limited to only four points, all coming from the free-throw line.  Kelly Oubre would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi would also earn four points each but it was the 76ers who ended the first half with a 59-56 lead.

Both teams would shoot thirty-five percent from the field each in the third quarter but it was the home team that sparked up a 34 to 23 run.  Wall would heat up for fourteen points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He also managed to get a hold of three rebounds as Beal would chalk up eleven points.  Meeks would come off of the bench to collect six points while Oubre would contribute with a three-pointer.

As for the 76ers, Covington would put up ten additional points as he drills two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Both Simmons and Fultz would be limited to four points each as Joel Embiid would manage to collect four defensive rebounds and two assists.  He would only be limited to two points in the eight minutes that he played as the Washington team would walk into the last quarter with a 90-82 advantage.

In the last period, the 76ers would shoot fifty-four percent from the field as the Wizards shot forty-six percent.  Arizona-native Jerryd Bayless would collect ten points in this quarter as he drops two three-pointers in the process.  Robert Covington ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from behind the arc.  He would also grab four rebounds as Embiid dropped six points.

The Wizards would not shy away as Marcin Gortat would heat up for ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would contribute with six points but would end up earning all of them from the free-throw line.  John Wall scored four points while Kelly Oubre collected two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.

With twenty seconds remaining in the game, the 76ers would only be down by two points.  Beal would go to the line to knock down one of his two free-throws, giving the Wizards a 116 to 113 lead.  Gortat would then be sent to the line as he nails both of his free shots, extending the lead to five points.  Covington would end up tipping a shot into the basket off of an attempted three-pointer by Embiid.  With only two seconds remaining in the game, Bradley Beal would be sent to the line as he knocks down both of his free-throws, giving the Washington Wizards a 120 to 115 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

John Wall would finish the game with twenty-eight points, five rebounds, and eight assists.  Robert Covington ended up finishing the game with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds, and one assist.  Markelle Fultz would score ten points, pulled down three rebounds and dishing off one assist in the season debut.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors in their playoff series.  Game 1, which was held in Cleveland, would be a 116 to 105 win for the Cavaliers.  In that game, LeBron James would score thirty-five points, pull down ten rebounds and dish off four assists.  Kyle Lowry would finish with twenty points, two rebounds and eleven assists.  The Raptors looked to even the series up as they faced off in Cleveland again.

The defending champions would start the game off on the right foot as they shoot seventy-one percent from the field, limiting the Canada team to forty-two percent.  Kevin Love would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, dropping seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Channing Frye would come off the bench to put seven points, as well, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points which he would all collect from beyond the arc.  As for the other team, Jonas Valanciunas would come off the bench to shoot eighty-three percent from the field, earning himself ten points.  DeMar DeRozan would play for the entire quarter only to be held scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 34 to 22 lead.  Cleveland would continue to dominate as LeBron James gets hot for fifteen points in the second quarter, which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as Kyrie Irving contributes with a three-pointer.  Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye would both come off the bench to put up one three-pointer each.  They would both shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as Valanciunas would continue to drop points, trying to keep his Raptors team in it.  He would chalk up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the home team that entered halftime with a huge 62-48 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as three-time champion, LeBron James, would continue to put on a scoring display as he puts up seventeen points which would hold two three-pointers.  He would shoot eighty percent from the field as Kyrie Irving would get hot for twelve points, which would hold two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he throws up five points.  On the other end of the court, Serge Ibaka would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he would chalk up ten points, along with five rebounds.  California-native, Norman Powell, would contribute with six points but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last quarter with a large 99-73 lead.  The Canada team would attempt to come back as they go on a 30 to 26 run.  During that run, Cory Joseph would come off the bench to light the floor up with eighteen points, collecting six of those points from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot eighty-eight percent from the field as DeRozan would be limited to four points.  Delon Wright would come off the bench to put up four points but it was the Ohio team that closed things out as Iman Shumpert came off the bench to put up nine points.  Channing Frye would contribute with eight points which would contain two three-pointers as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Toronto Raptors with a 125 to 103 score, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  In this game, LeBron James would pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the number two scorer in NBA playoff history.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and four assists.  Jonas Valanciunas would finish with twenty-three points and five rebounds.

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

The Raptors defeat the Bucks, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Bucks as they defeat the Raptors, 97-83.  In that game, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored twenty-eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off three assists.  DeMar DeRozan would go for twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Raptors would bounce back in the second game as they pull off a 106 to 100 victory.  DeMar DeRozan earned himself twenty-three points, seven rebounds and three assists.  Giannis Antetokounmpo collected twenty-four points, fifteen rebounds and seven assists.  The last game was a blowout as the Bucks soared past the Raptors, 104-77.  Khris Middleton finished with twenty points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Kyle Lowry ended up with thirteen points, five rebounds and two assists.  Delon Wright also ended up with thirteen points, six rebounds and two assists.  The Raptors looked to tie the series up last night in Milwaukee.

Each team would start the game off right as they both scored 19 points in the first quarter.  Khris Middleton dropped seven points and took down four rebounds.  Former Bulls player, Tony Snell, would earn six points which would all come from beyond the arc.  On the other side, DeMar DeRozan would throw up six points of his own, shooting 75% from the field.  The next quarter would be no different as each team goes for 22 points in the second period.  DeRozan would light the floor up with fifteen points, along with four rebounds.  Serge Ibaka would shoot 50% from the field but would only collect four points.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would get hot for ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  He would also gobble down three rebounds as each team went into halftime with a score of 41.

The Raptors would go on a 23-17 run in the third quarter as three-time All-Star, Kyle Lowry, would score eight points, six of those coming from behind the 3-point line.  DeRozan would drop six points, crash the boards for two rebounds and give out three assists.  Snell would help his Milwaukee team out as he puts up eight points, including two 3-pointers.  Middleton would collect three points and four rebounds but it was the visiting team that led, 64-58, at the end of the third.  The first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Greg Monroe, would come off the Bucks bench to light up the floor with ten points and four rebounds but it would be the Raptors who close things out as Lowry and DeRozan each drop six points, along with bench player, Jonas Valanciunas’ six points.  The Toronto Raptors would go on to win the game, 87 to 76, tying the series up, 2-2.  DeMar DeRozan finished with thirty-three points, nine rebounds and five assists.  Tony Snell ended up with nineteen points (his new Playoff career-high) and four rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high).