James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory
James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory
07 May, 2017, 12:59
The Cleveland Cavaliers won by 21 points on the road, taking the Eastern Conference semifinals to a 3-0 margin, pushing the Toronto Raptors one game away from elimination.
The 3-0 hole the Raptors find themselves in is the first since they were victims of a sweep two years ago in the first round in Washington.
Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in the second half of Game 2 Wednesday, was listed as questionable for Saturday's game.
"I know he was working to get it going, see how he felt shooting", DeMar DeRozan said of Lowry.
Not surprisingly, Lowry, who watched the game from the bench with an ankle injury, found himself apparently somewhat in awe of what King James continues to do on a yearly basis. He wanted to try playing in Game 3 Friday but finally give up the effort and heeded the advice of the medical staff.
DeRozan said his team's long-range struggles were made even more "deflating" because Cleveland connected 13 times on 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
After what might have been the Raptors' final practice of the season, Casey was asked if preparing for Sunday is his most hard job.
LeBron provided all the insight future opponents need in going up against him going into the series.
That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.
LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Kevin Love contributed in a big way with a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds). The all-star point guard said it's "doubtful" he'll play Sunday.
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"We don't need to be thinking about a sweep or getting rest, we need to be thinking about what we need to do to execute defensively and offensively coming into Sunday", James said.
"I just keep on telling myself that I've got to be ready for that game and tonight was one of them". He's a good friend of mine, a well-respected guy in our league and we never, no matter throughout competition you don't want anybody to get hurt. Parker had surgery Friday for his ruptured left quadriceps tendon, and a timeline for his return will be determined later.
Cleveland defeated Toronto 115-94 in Game 3 and took control of the game by outscoring the Raptors 36-17 in the fourth quarter, which included a 20-3 run to start the period. And going back to the Cavs' rally in the National Basketball Association finals, Cleveland has won 10 consecutive playoff games.
DeMar DeRozan registered 37 points on 12-of-23 shooting, but he couldn't will his team to won, not when the Raptors hot just 43.7 percent and missed 16 of 18 three-point attempts.
"He just couldn't go", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Various media reports said Kerr is unlikely to coach this series, but the team said he has not been officially ruled out to return this round.
The Raptors came back to win the next two games at home before losing the series in six games. Suddenly, the Cavs were up 19 with James, Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert assembling tight defense. "That's just the way we play". "I have no idea why I became a right-handed basketball player", LeBron said, crediting watching Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway growing up.
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