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Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Game 3

13 May 2017

DeRozan started the fourth quarter on the bench, and the Cavs took advantage by going on a quick 8-2 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point (8 points).

Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors are about to be taken out of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. DeRozan ended up with 37 points, enough scoring for him and the missing Kyle Lowry.

James's hijinks were the topic of an ESPN basketball panel, which compiled a montage of similar LeBron incidents, including a game this season in NY where the Cavs star appeared so bored he was playing the "water-bottle challenge" while on the bench.

LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 115-94 Friday to take a 3-0 stranglehold lead in their second round National Basketball Association playoff series. Kyle Korver had his best playoff game for Cleveland with 14 points shooting 4-of-6 from three, plus even getting a block.

Not only do the Cavs take a lot of threes (33.5 per game in the playoffs), they make a lot of threes (14.3 per game) at a high percentage (42.8%). But three defeats in the Raptors inability to shoot threes means their season is likely to end early Sunday evening when they are swept out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are 7-0 in these playoffs, 10-0 in the postseason dating back to the Finals last season.

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Despite losing Tony Parker for the season in Game 2, the Spurs duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points each. He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warmups but limped back to the locker room before the national anthems.

"But I have all the confidence in the world in (backup point guard) Cory Joseph".

"He always kept us going, just to hear his voice and his input on things,"DeRozan said". James hit a 3-pointer to improve the lead to 15, and he made two more foul shots with 6:21 left to push the lead to 17. The Raptors indicated those were motivating factors as the series shifts to the Air Canada Centre. It was Powell who finally drained Toronto's first one from beyond the arc with three minutes left in the third.

The first two games of the series went very much the same way. The Rockets won Game 1 by 27; the Spurs won Game 2 by 25.

James scored 10 in the second but DeRozan had 13 for Toronto, which led 52-49 at halftime despite going 0 for 9 from 3. "That stretch, right at the beginning of the fourth quarter, is what got us".

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His contributions provided added value with starting point guard George Hill sidelined because of a sore toe. The last time was February 8-14, before the acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, brought in via trade to improve the Raptors defense against the Cavs in the playoffs.

Despite making just six of his 19 attempts from the field, Irving buried three three-pointers and all seven of his free throws for 22 points in Game 2.

The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

James, who scored 74 points combined in Games 1 and 2, was asked about the Ibaka play after Friday's shootaround.

Game four is in Houston on Sunday night.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Game 3