James keys Cavs' fourth-quarter run

James keys Cavs' fourth-quarter run

James keys Cavs' fourth-quarter run

The Cavs now have a commanding 3-0 lead over the Raptors.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have jolted the Toronto Raptors thus far in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game of the 2017 NBA Playoffs series.

Toronto did lead for a good chunk of the game, building a 52-49 halftime lead and led for most of the third quarter behind DeRozan's spectacular scoring.

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry sustained a sprained left ankle, was still in pain on Thursday and is questionable for Game 3 on Friday. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, passes off the ball under the basket as Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) looks on during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff serie.

James ended the night with a team-high 35 points, adding eight rebounds and seven assists.

DeMar DeRozan delivered 37 points on 12 of 23 shooting, Jonas Valanciunas scored 19, Norman Powell added 13 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 12. Lowry was officially available for Game 3, but he didn't touch the court and DeMar DeRozan tried to carry the load, but the Raptors came apart in the fourth and lost.

They say that a playoff series doesn't truly start until a team loses a game at home, but whoever said that clearly didn't see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Toronto Raptors. The long-range shooting has been one of the most glaring differences in the series.

"This is the way the playoffs are going to be with me usually", he said.

Game 4 is Sunday in Toronto.

The Raptors trail the series 3-0.

Korver, who entered with 2:01 remaining in the quarter and the Cavs leading Toronto 71-70, pulled down a rebound and hit back-to-back three-pointers to quiet the sold out Air Canada Centre crowd of 20,384.

"With our rebounding, especially with Tristan and Kevin, when they play small, we can pound the glass", Lue said.

LBJ: After passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in playoffs games in Game Two, LeBron James now has his sights set on all-time leader Michael Jordan, who has 5,987 points. "We got to figure out a way to not let him beat us, which is easier said than done".

"We pride ourselves all year off things like that, being down, being resilient, giving everything we've got and just fight", DeRozan said Saturday.

"DeRozan was incredible, he gave everything that he had", James said.

"When we're getting stops, we're a risky team, " Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. And how do you make up the difference if you're the Raptors and you're down an additional 30 points on the 10-three pointers that didn't even factor in whether you win or lose. They shot 2-of-18 overall to the Cavs' 13-of-23 (a 33-point disparity). It was tough. It changed your mindset, not just for me, the whole team as well.

DeRozan averaged 27.3 points during the regular season but has just 24 points in two games against Cleveland. "And then we won it again". Kyle Lowry is doubtful for Sunday's win-or-go-home game. He's been more of a scorer against Toronto, and he totaled 39 points on just 14 field goal attempts in Game 2. Cleveland threw different defenders at him, but none were successful.

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