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Raptors Put Together Most Complete Game of Round 2, Series Tied 2-2

How the turn tables.

A series that was 0.5 seconds away from giving the Boston Celtics a 3-0 lead is now nodded up at 2-2.

With their backs against the wall, the Toronto Raptors have clawed their way back into the series. Behind yet another huge performance from Kyle Lowry (22 points, 11 rebounds), the Raptors took Game 4 by a score of 100-93 on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Pascal Siakam finally came through with a much-needed big game as Jaylen Brown was struggling all night with foul trouble, finishing the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

“I think we can always get to another level,” said Siakam following the win. “I feel like we can always do that and obviously everyone clicking at the right time, and once we have that, we’re a pretty special team.”

The Raptors ability to climb back into this series has been quite special and it starts with Lowry. Playing every single minute of the second half, the Celtics have failed to find any answer for the Raptors star point guard. Alongside Fred VanVleet, who finished with 17 points, six boards, and six assists, the reigning champion’s backcourt duo finished the night with a combined +20 net rating.

After struggling with the perimeter shot for the majority of the series, the Raptors erupted in this one, contrary to the Celtics who were a putrid 20-percent from long range compared to 39-percent for Toronto. Despite some shooting pains inside the arc, the Raptors ability to hit perimeter shots and throw various defensive looks at their opposition ended up being the difference on Saturday.

“I think we made it a little bit tougher for them tonight but they still had a lot of shots that they were able to get off,” Lowry said. “We’re just trying to contain those guys: Tatum, Brown, Walker even Smart. We’ve just got to continue to make it tough on those guys.”

With the series tied, Game 5 will now be a huge swing in this series, and one that may determine who moves on to the conference finals.

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