Raptors end Cavs' 10-game winning streak
DEMAR DeRozan scored 32 points while Bismack Bi-yombo grabbed 26 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ripped the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 on Saturday in the NBA play-offs.
Cleveland's 10-game playoff win streak was snapped but they still lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals 2-1 with game four at Toronto.
The Cavaliers, whose playoff start fell one shy of the NBA record 11-0 set by the Los Angeles Lakers, made only 28 of 79 from the floor, a woeful 35.4 per cent. Cleveland hit only 14 of 41 three-point attempts and were rebounded 54-40.
Much of that was thanks to the inside domination of Democratic Republic of Congo centre Biyombo. He set a club play-off record for rebounds in a game and added seven points and four blocked shots.
"Bismack did a great job grabbing rebounds and keeping them off the boards," DeRozan said.
Biyombo dominated inside for the Raptors and scored six consecutive points after Cleveland pulled within 85-77 in the fourth quarter to doom any comeback ideas.
Toronto led 27-24 after the first quarter and a 22-7 run late in the second quarter produced a 60-42 edge before the Cavaliers trimmed their half-time deficit to 60-47.
DeRozan scored nine of his 21 first-half points in the crucial spurt in Toronto's first home Eastern Conference finals game.
The Cavaliers pulled within 70-65 late in the third period. But the Raptors extended their margin to 80-70 entering the fourth quarter on a three-point buzzer beater by Cory Joseph.
The series survivor will face either defending champions Golden State or Oklahoma City in next month's NBA Finals.