Raptors Win Game Four Against Nets 150-122, Record Franchise's First Sweep
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Norman Powell scored a playoff career-high 29 points, leading the Raptors to a franchise-first sweep, as they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 150-122 on Sunday night.
It was in the third quarter when the writing was officially on the wall for Brooklyn--a sweep was coming.
The Nets only scored 19 points in the frame, allowing the Raptors to extend its nine-point halftime lead to 29 by the end of the third.
Powell scored 13 of his team-high 29 points in the quarter.
Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double for the second consecutive game, scoring 27 points, while adding 15 rebounds.
The 150 points in game four set the Raptors franchise record for points scored in a playoff game.
Toronto’s 100 bench points also set a playoff franchise record.
Both teams started off the game four strong offensively, headlined by Ibaka and Nets guard Caris Levert.
Lavert finished the game scoring a team-high 35 points, acting as the only offensive bright spot for Brooklyn.
Before his 35 points in game four, the Raptors had not let a player on the opposing team score 30 or more points in a game since February 8--ironically enough, that player was Lavert.
Fast-paced and high scoring--the story from the first quarter, until Toronto’s Kyle Lowry suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Lowry left the game in the first quarter, later revealed by the Raptors to be a turned left ankle. He did not return to the game.
Despite Toronto’s fast start and dominant victory, en route to a series sweep, the big-picture concern was Lowry.
As the story post-series becomes about Lowry and whether he can return in time for round two, NBA Coach of the Year Nick Nurse will have to manage with what he has.
The Raptors were 12-2 in the regular season when Lowry was not in the lineup.
One of the great performers on the Toronto side through the first three games of the series was Fred VanVleet. The Raptors guard was forced to be taken out early in the first quarter by Nick Nurse due to his three personal fouls in game four.
VanVleet played just seven minutes in the first half due to his foul trouble, finishing the game with 9 points in a total of 18 minutes played.
The Raptors have now advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the fifth straight year, and will now play the third-seeded Boston Celtics in round two.
The teams have never played in a playoff series.
Boston won three out of the four games against Toronto in the regular season.