Kyle Lowry lays in two of his 35 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 4 of the NBA Conference Finals in Toronto on May 23, 2016. (Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)The Raptors led 78-69 to start the fourth, but Channing Frye drained three straight threes, and when James scored on a driving layup with 8:20 left, the Cavaliers took their first lead of the game.
Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) is hugged by Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) after the final buzzer. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)A day after Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined US$25,000 for criticizing the officiating, the referees drew the ire of Toronto fans once again. The Raptors didn't go the free throw line once in the first half — a rare occurrence. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a team led by at least 15 at halftime in a conference finals without a free throw attempt was Milwaukee in 2001 versus Philadelphia. When the Cavs were whistled for their first foul, the crowd gave the referees a sarcastic standing ovation. When Biyombo picked up his third foul late in the first half, the Congolese big man shook his head and grinned in disbelief. The ACC crowd, all in white, was in full voice from the opening tipoff, and included NFL legend Terrell Owens and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, Toronto FC star striker Sebastian Giovinco and actor Stephen Amell, star of the superhero TV drama Arrow. The Raptors raced out to another strong start, shooting 52 per cent in the first quarter, and holding the Cavs to 21 per cent from three-point range. Toronto took a 27-24 lead into the second. The Raptors kept up a torrid pace in the second, and when Lowry scored on a step-back jumper with 32 seconds to play in the half, the bucket boosted Toronto's advantage to 18 points. They headed into the locker-room up 57-41.