Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam make Raptors playoff history in Game 4 win over Boston
The Toronto Raptors evened up their second round series against the Boston Celtics with an important 100-93 Game 4 victory on Saturday night. Toronto’s two All-Stars Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry led the way and became the first Raptors teammates to notch at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game in the postseason, per Sportsnet Stats.
Pascal Siakam & Kyle Lowry as the first teammates in Raptors history with 20+ Points & 10+ Rebounds in the same playoff game#WeTheNorth
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) September 6, 2020
Random stats. Gotta love them.
Siakam finally broke out from his funk with his first good game in this series, notching 23 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Lowry continued his All-Star level play and provided his usual grit and hustle on the floor, going for 23 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka also played well to help Toronto turn the series into a virtual best of three. VanVleet had another solid outing with 17 points and five 3-pointers on the night, while Ibaka scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench.
Raps head coach Nick Nurse rode his stars for the second straight game. After playing 46 minutes in Game 3, the 34-year old Lowry spent 44 minutes on the floor in Game 4. Likewise, Siakam and VanVleet saw their second straight outing playing at least 43 minutes.
Toronto could have very well found themselves in a much different situation if not for OG Anunoby’s miraculous game-winner in Game 3. Now, the defending champs have found their confidence and have made this the more interesting match-up among the remaining Eastern Conference series.
Unlike in Games 1 to 3, the Raptors finally found its stroke from beyond the arc. They they shot just 39.5 percent from the field, they converted 17-of-44 from three point territory. Meanwhile, Boston made their mark inside the paint, but struggled mightily from downtown, going just 7-of-35 from long distance.
This should be a fun series the rest of the way.