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16 May, 2017, 10:20 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory

LeBron James scored 35 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the host Toronto Raptors 115-94 on Friday night and take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

"We knew we were coming to a hostile environment, we knew they were going to give us everything they had, no matter who was in the lineup", James said. He ran his career field goal total in the playoffs to 2,047, passing Shaquille O'Neal for the third-most in National Basketball Association postseason history.

For three quarters Friday night, Toronto was playing their best ball of the playoffs and hanging with the Cavaliers. Cleveland is 9-0 since losing Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.

"It's something we've done, we've knocked down threes all year and for some reason it's escaped us right now", Casey said.

"This one is a little bit different", Lowry said. The Hawks also say Budenholzer will remain involved in personnel decisions. "You don't want to get swept, especially in your home building".

After going up 2-0 last season, the Cavs were blitzed by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals and ended up forcing Cleveland to win the series in six games.

"Just understanding, you know, you do have an opportunity", DeRozan said. Kawhi Leonard added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Spurs took a 2-1 series lead.

"They're into him, they're bodying him", Casey said.

Cleveland continues their 3-point clinic.

DeRozan bounced back from a forgettable Game 2 to score 37 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field.

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. 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.

"He's playing well", Casey said. "He wanted to. The doctors and trainers and medical people were just telling him he shouldn't try to go because he was in so much pain". James hit four free throws on either side of a 3-pointer to put the Cavs up 97-80 with 6:20 left.

"When myself and 'Bron, when we're attacking consistently every, single time down putting pressure on the defense, we're going to get our teammates open shots". Cleveland shot 51.3 percent from the filed and 56.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Cavaliers outrebounded the Raptors 49-25.

Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances.

Raptors: DeRozan missed his first nine shots.

The Cavs will look to complete the sweep over the Raptors on Sunday at 3:30 ET (ABC) at Air Canada Centre.

As a team, the Cavaliers sunk 18 of their 33 looks from three-point range (54.5 percent) in the Game 2 win. While Cleveland was well rested with eight days off since sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the first round, the Raps just didn't bring the energy and had an even bigger meltdown in game two.

Jonas Valanciunas had 19 and 8 boards for Toronto and Norman Powell chipped in with 13, but no one else stepped up to the plate. He scored 21 points in the first half, hitting 7 of 12 from the field and all seven of his free throw attempts. Cleveland has now been 84 points better than Toronto on 3s.


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