Bismack Biyombo sets a Toronto Raptors franchise record for rebounds

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The Toronto Raptors snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' 10-game winning streak with an impressive 99-84 win at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night to cut the series deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals to 2-1.

DeMar DeRozan had the hot hand throughout the night and ended with a game-high 32 points to lead the Raptors to a vital win.

But the biggest story of the night belonged to center Bismack Biyombo who was a handful for the Cavs throughout the encounter and made franchise history in the process.

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The big man ended the game with 26 rebounds - a single game record of any Raptors player. The 23-year-old also added four blocks as he owned the paint and won his battle with Tristan Thompson, who is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league.

The Congolese beat his own previous record of 25 which he set earlier this season in a victory over the Indiana Pacers. It also shattered the Raptors' previous playoff record set by Jonas Valanciunas when he grabbed 19 rebounds in Game 1 of their first-round series against the same team.

Biyombo was inserted into the starting line-up after Valanciunas suffered a sprained ankle against the Miami Heat in the previous round and has been huge for Dwane Casey and his team particularly on the defensive end.

"He's one of the top rebounders in the league and no telling how many times he gets hit and fouled under there without being called," said Casey. "I'm gonna say this: I think he gets hit almost on every rebound and putback there is. And he just doesn't get the calls."

The former Charlotte Hornets man is a relentless rebounder and has provided a huge boost for Toronto in these playoffs to compensate for the loss of Valanciunas.

Biyombo has a player option for just under $3 million next year and on the back of his big playoff performances will likely opt out and seek a bigger deal.

He has an opportunity to increase his stock even further in this series if he can help the Canadian franchise overcome the Cavs and make a first ever NBA finals appearance.

Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Bismack Biyombo
DeMar DeRozan
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