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James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory

16 May, 2017, 10:19 | Author: Glenda Knight
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When they swept the Pacers in the first round, LeBron James passed Tim Duncan for the most series sweeps in National Basketball Association history with 10. And when Brampton, Ont., native Tristan Thompson scored with 5:47 to play, it gave the Cavs a 99-80 lead, much to the dismay of the noisy, white-clad Air Canada Centre crowd that included Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip and rapper Drake. The Cavs led, 43-37, when Smith went to the bench with his third foul with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter. They looked briefly capable of answering with a win after letting the Cleveland Cavaliers dominate them in the first two games of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

After sailing to a first-round sweep of the Pacers, the Cavaliers were supposed to be heading into choppier waters in an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Raptors.

James was instrumental in the comeback, scoring 13 points in the final quarter.

"Those were huge", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of Korver's timely three-pointers.

"We couldn't get anything to fall for us and they turned it on offensively and ran away with it", said DeRozan.

"Going into the fourth, we couldn't make no 3's", DeRozan said.

With 36 through three quarters DeRozan sat down to begin the fourth and normally doesn't get the call back in until at least the half way mark of the final quarter.

"Right now, I don't think I'll be able to play", Lowry said after Saturday's practice. "There was no back down".

However, without Kyle Lowry - who sat out due to an ankle sprain he suffered in Game 2 - Toronto didn't have enough firepower to keep pace with the Cavaliers.

"That's an issue", said Casey. "He was limping badly".

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Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight double-digit wins over Toronto. How can we play?

"Where are we headed tonight?" We knew we were coming into a hostile environment. "I knew it was bothering him, but I didn't know till late, till they did starting lineups, that he wasn't gonna go". The goal is just to play.

As a team, the Cavaliers dominated on the rebounding front, holding a 49-25 advantage.

Other than him, only Serge Ibaka (12 points - all in the first half), Norman Powell (13 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (18 points) scored in double digits.

The Raptors missed the first 12 three-pointers they attempted, not seeing one go down until Norm Powell took the lid off the basket with a make on attempt No. 13 by the team. But both can occasionally hit from three as well. "When you see them knocking down 3's left and right, getting to their spots, it's kind of deflating".

The Atlanta Hawks' next general manager will have total authority of personnel decisions after moves that dismantled the two-tier management team of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox.

It was in the fourth that James finally started to look like the James from the first two games, going off for nine points in the first six minutes of the quarter as the Cavs started to pull away for good. "[It] understands going into the fourth quarter it's an opportunity to put away, to do all the things that's needed for them to win".

James top-scored once more for Cleveland, shooting 35 points.

When James hit two free throws with 7:23 left, Cleveland led by 12.

The Raps trailed 28-24 by the end of the quarter, and Delon Wright - not Lowry - was the point guard subbed in for Joseph.

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