Toronto Raptors' guard Kyle Lowry (7) goes up for a shot with no Cleveland Cavaliers player contesting the shot.
Never mind that he was instrumental in the Cavs' 10 prior games - all wins in these playoffs - providing what had gone AWOL while the Raptors fought back and tied up the Eastern Conference final 2-2.
It's another blowout in the NBA Finals as LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Toronto Raptors 116-78 and now lead the series 3-2.
After two straight terrible performances in Toronto, Love came out firing and finished with 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting in only 24 minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers thoroughly dismantled the Toronto Raptors 116-78 to move one win away from a second consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
The Cavaliers delivered a stunning blow on Wednesday by flipping the script on the Raptors, who won back-to-back home games to level the series 2-2.
Odds are the Raptors will not end their season Friday by going quietly into the night. They've only dropped one game at home to this point in the playoffs.
Now the Raptors can head back home to try and force a decisive Game 7.
DeRozan had 14 points and Lowry scored 13 points to lead Toronto. Can't worry about the road. We won two games on our floor, and they came out and won two games on their floor.
Game six is Friday in Toronto.
"They are a different team here", Casey said. The foul drought came after Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials following Toronto's Game 3 win. DeMar DeRozan too is back in shooting blanks again. "Tonight we made up our minds to be physical and jump on them early".
Coach Tyronn Lue downplayed the development on the eve of Game 5.
On the season, the Rapors average 102.7 points, 43.4 rebounds and 18.7 assists per game.
The first five games of the Eastern Conference finals weren't determined as much by where the games were played or what strategies were used as they were by which team played harder.
"It's a great feeling", Irving said. "We took a lot that we had to learn from that game, including myself".
"Being aggressive, that's another thing that these guys told me". Love finished the game with a game-high 25 points and went eight of 10 from field goal range. As a matter of fact, the Raptors really couldn't do anything on defense as Irving added 12 points despite being in foul trouble, and James had 12 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. "He's got to be able to make it out of the double team, as the guards do. He can quarterback out of the low post as well as score out of the low post, and it gives us a third option".
In a series that has seen each team deliver haymakers to their opponents, the Cavs may have landed a knockout blow in game five in Cleveland.
"We've been here before", he said. But as we know, the Raptors are no pushovers - especially at home. "When we play like that, we are tough to beat".
"But from the very moment that we lost Game 4, I was just very calm about the whole situation, seeing the good that we can prepare and get better for Game 5, instead of looking at all the bad that we did".