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Lowry scores 35, Raptors tie series

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 35, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Raptors evened the Eastern Conference final by beating the Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.

DeMarre Carroll scored 11 and Bismack Biyombo had 14 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home this postseason.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Cleveland lost consecutive playoff games to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since dropping the final three games of the conference semifinals to Boston in 2010.

"We're a resilient team,'' Lowry said.

LeBron James scored 29 and Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye scored nine of his 12 in the fourth quarter.

VOGEL HAPPY TO JOIN MAGIC: It hasn't been the offseason new Magic coach Frank Vogel was expecting. Just days after his Pacers were ousted from the first round of the playoffs by Toronto, Vogel was informed his contract wasn't being renewed after five-plus seasons. But then came the brief unemployment whirlwind that ended Thursday when he was hired by the Magic. "It's been a really crazy time, to be honest with you. Probably the craziest two weeks of my life," Vogel said Monday when he was formally introduced. "Just from the emotions of being let go by the Pacers to figuring out what our next step was. The phone was ringing so that was a good thing. It was a good kind of chaos. There was interest, I enjoyed meeting with some of the other teams. Ultimately finding this situation here, with everything aligning to the ways and things I was looking for for my family, my career, that part made it a joyful time as opposed to stressful." Vogel, 42, inherits a team that is among the youngest and most talented in the NBA. The Magic missed the postseason for the fourth straight season after posting a 35-47 season during the only season under Scott Skiles.

WARRIORS' green fined: Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin Sunday. The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling. Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook said he thought the kick was intentional, noting that Green had made contact in that area with Adams twice over the past two games.

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