Lowry and Raptors Tie Series with Celtics, Win 100-93 in Game 4
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Kyle Lowry’s 22 points carried the Toronto Raptors to a 100-93 win against the Boston Celtics, tying the Eastern Conference Semifinals series at two.
After playing 46 minutes in game three, when he was the team’s most valuable player, Lowry was on court for almost 44 in game four, showing no signs of fatigue.
The Raptors guard scored his team’s first 11 of 17 points in the first quarter, and finished the game adding 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Toronto took its largest lead of the game with 1:15 to play in the third quarter, when Fred VanVleet’s three-pointer extended his team’s advantage to 11.
It was the shot that provided the Raptors with significant separation on the scoreboard for the first time, as they controled the pace of play from that point on.
Regardless of Lowry’s second consecutive strong performance on both sides of the ball, it was Pascal Siakam who led the Raptors in points, scoring 23.
Despite the Celtics ability to limit Siakam from driving to the basket, resulting in the Raptors forward to shoot 2-13 from beyond the arc, it was in the second half when the native of Douala, Cameroon broke through offensively.
The Celtics woes from beyond the arc was the difference--7-34 in game four.
Jaylen Brown had multiple opportunities to cut into the Raptors lead in a big way in the fourth quarter by-way of the three-point shot, but continued to struggle, finishing the game going 2-11.
Toronto possessed the lead for the first time in the series after the opening 12 minutes, holding a 31-27 advantage.
For the last seven minutes of the second quarter, the Raptors only scored nine points.
The score was tied at the half, 49-49, but it was in the third quarter when the breakthrough from Toronto occurred, outsourcing Boston 32-24 in the frame.
Toronto’s two wins in the series have come off the back of Lowry’s intensity on both ends of the floor, contributing to the Celtics 14 turnovers in the game.
Game five of the best-of-seven goes Monday, when the Raptors will look to win its third straight game and take a 3-2 series at 6:30 PM EST.