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

Posted May 09, 2017

Lebron James No.23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball as DeMarre Carroll No.5 of the Toronto Raptors defends in the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday in Toronto, Canada.

The Toronto Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in game three of their National Basketball Association playoff series on May 5 at 7pm EST. Kyle Lowry sat out with an injured ankle.

And this much is apparent after three games against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers: As much as we have admired the construction of the Raptors, what is painfully clear is that this team is ill-equipped to compete at the highest level of the National Basketball Association game.

Spurs 103, Rockets 92: LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and seven rebounds as San Antonio took back home-court advantage with a road win in Game 3 for a 2-1 series lead.

The Raptors went ice cold in the fourth, and Delon Wright's basket less than a minute into the quarter was Toronto's only field goal for a awful six-minute stretch.

"Just to have that feeling again, people counting you out, whatever negative comes with losing, being down two games, that definitely sucks and it's something that we're gonna have to use tomorrow night", DeRozan said. For the quarter they were 0-4 from three, for the game they were 2-of-18 from deep.

"You don't get to play in the fourth quarter unless you play defence". "I don't think about the past or the future", he said. "There was no back down".

As the team's leading three-point shooter at 41% through the regular season, even with a bad ankle Lowry probably would have helped had he been able to play.

Listed as questionable, Lowry said he will be a game-time decision.

Still, his absence would affect Toronto's game plan "a lot", Casey said.

"He was limping badly", Casey said.

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James posted his 90th playoff game with at least 30 points, scoring 35 to go with eight rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes.

DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 19 for the Raptors, who were without three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. Thompson had 12 rebounds.

Against a Cleveland team playing better and better every game, particularly LeBron being at the peak of his form, it's just hard to picture.

"Where are we headed tonight?"

"We couldn't get anything to fall for us and they turned it on offensively and ran away with it", said DeRozan. "I knew it was bothering him, but I didn't know till late, till they did starting lineups, that he wasn't gonna go".

"We know DeMar is a great player and our strategy in the last three years since I've been here is just take away what a team does best", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Irving's 3-pointer restored Cleveland's lead with 2:45 left in the half.

"Yes, that would have been helpful", DeRozan said. "This year we understood what mindset we had to come in, especially in a rowdy arena like this". "Whether they're haymakers, undercuts, whatever, maybe a couple below the belt, but you've got to box". Totals 38-87 16-17 94.

At the end of a very tight third quarter, Korver hit two three-point shots.

Korver opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer.