CLEVELAND - There would no comeback win on this night, no real chance of pulling off yet another improbable win when so much was going so wrong for most of the evening.
Even when Toronto led by one point in the fourth quarter, summoning its best when trailing by as many as 21, the Raptors exerted too much energy in climbing out of their hole, unable to close the deal in an eventual 102-100 loss.
It wouldn’t be decided until the final seconds, the Raptors having a chance to force overtime with 12.2 seconds left in a one-possession game, a scenario that opened the door for a quick two and then play the foul game.
DeMar DeRozan drew a foul with 7.8 seconds left as he attacked the rim, but his first free throw hit front iron, making the second.
Inexplicably, the Cavs turned the ball over on a routine inbounds plays that went out of bounds, giving the Raptors possession with no clock elapsed.