By Ryan Williamson | May 22, 2019, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

Kyle Lowry handles the ball at the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on May 19, 2019 in Toronto.

 

Home has been good to the teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, a trend that continued Tuesday for Olympian Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors.

After falling in the first two games of the series against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, Lowry and the Raptors won the next two games at home, including a 120-102 blowout in Game 4 in Toronto.

Lowry, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist with Team USA, scored a team-high 25 points as Toronto evened up the best-of-seven series. The Philadelphia native scored 12 of his team’s first 17 points. 

Lowry’s big Game 4 comes on the heels of an 11-point performance in Game 3. In that double-overtime thriller, teammate Kawhi Leonard was the go-to scorer for Toronto. Leonard, who was a finalist for the 2016 Olympic team, played 52 minutes in the 118-112 win as he added a team-high 36 points to get the Raptors their first win of the series.

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On Tuesday, Leonard was still a key factor as he tallied 19 points and had four steals. But Leonard started slow as he battled leg soreness and fatigue from Sunday’s marathon game. That meant players such as Lowry had to fill Leonard’s void. 

Lowry’s strong night helped as Toronto entered the fourth quarter ahead 94-81. Then, the Raptors blew open the game with a 10-3 run that gave them a commanding 20-point lead in the final quarter and never looked back.

The series returns to Milwaukee for Game 5 on Thursday. That game is set to tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET. The winner of this series will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Ryan Williamson is a sportswriter from Minneapolis-St. Paul. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.