Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry gametime decision for Game 3 against Cavaliers

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James also tallied eight rebounds and seven assists as Cleveland will seek to clinch the series with a win in game four on Sunday in Toronto. The Cavs only attempted 3 three pointers in the first quarter (an oddity for this team), but they shot an efficient 52.6 percent from the field in the first quarter while dominating the boards and shooting well from the free throw line. Kyle Korver drilled back-to-back three-pointers to send Cleveland into the fourth quarter with a 79-77 lead. Cleveland is 9-0 since losing Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.

JR Smith - bringer of much defensive frustration for DeRozan in Games 1 and 2 - got five fouls midway through the third quarter Friday and went to the bench with DeRozan already having 30 points on the sheet. Are the Cavs suddenly a way better team, or did they just decide that they wanted to send the Raptors - and those picking them to win - a message that they didn't feel the need to deliver to the middling Pacers previously?

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "We just couldn't get nothing to fall, and they turned it up offensively and ran away with it".

"I think we as a franchise need more firepower to get to the next level", Ressler said. "There was no back down".

Yes, DeMar DeRozan recovered from his five-point game in Game 2 to score 37, but Toronto was without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Cory Joseph started for Toronto.

Lowry missed Game 3 due to the injury. "He was limping badly". Kyle Korver had his best playoff game for Cleveland with 14 points shooting 4-of-6 from three, plus even getting a block. Tristan Thompson added nine points and 12 rebounds. They did the same thing in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, registering all four of their wins against Toronto by at least 19 points.

"Tonight we competed extremely well".

"We won our first two games here previous year, then went up there and got our butts kicked", head coach Ty Lue said before Game 2.

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Here's what we learned from this one. That's the goal. The goal is just to play.

The Cavaliers had a 49-25 advantage in rebounding.

The Cavs shot 51 per cent and were 13 of 23 from three-point range.

DeRozan won't say it. "You train, you hit the heavy bag and you bounce out and you come out and go to the rope-a-dope instead of throwing a punch". "When you see them knocking down their threes, it's kind of deflating". In the fourth quarter, he spun around Fred VanVleet then nonchalantly tossed up a left-handed floater. James now only trails Michael Jordan (5,987), the player to whom he has been compared since he was a teenager, for the most points in postseason history.

"Our second team guys came in and gave us a big push", LeBron James said immediately after the game.

"To beat the champ, you have to throw punches", Casey said. "And, for whatever reason, couldn't get started".

The Cavs started the second quarter strong as well, but again became lackadaisical and allowed the Raptors to keep the game close. "Even at 32, I've been in this league for 14 years and I just don't take the opportunity for granted".

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.

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