Raptors level series at 2-2

The Toronto Raptors brought themselves level in their Eastern Conference Finals series after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday night.

The Raptors lost the first two games in Cleveland, but took full advantage of playing on home court to build up momentum and put the Cavaliers, who reached the NBA Finals last year, on the back foot.

By half-time, the Raptors were in full control with an 18-point lead, but the Cavaliers came roaring back and took the lead with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Despite the Cavaliers’ spirited comeback, the Raptors managed to hold them off with a 11-3 run towards the end of the game. The win at the Air Canada Centre allowed the Raptors to get back in contention heading into Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan inflicted the majority of the damage for the Raptors as they combined for 67 points. Lowry finished the game with 35 points on 14 of 20 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

DeRozan meanwhile scored 32 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists.

LeBron James was the Cavaliers’ best player as he ended the game with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists.