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

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Cleveland

Korver posted his 2017 playoff high with 14 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Lowry is the team's best three-point shooter and its second-leading scorer and his absence was a factor.

After sailing to a first-round sweep of the Pacers, the Cavaliers were supposed to be heading into choppier waters in an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Raptors.

The Raptors' season is one loss away from ending, and All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will likely be on the sidelines watching with an ankle injury.

"We've got to get more than nine points from our bench", Casey said. But when the pressure was on, they responded, just as they did when the games with IN got tight.

DeRozan had one point in the fourth quarter. We rode him tonight.

"Man you've got to give them credit". "There was no back down".

He's dealing with a sprained left ankle and skipped the morning shootaround. And on Friday night, he started dropping ridiculous left-handed shots on Toronto. Lowry remained on the bench for the whole game.

LeBron James' sensational form in the NBA Playoffs has continued with a 35-point haul against Toronto on Friday night.

Kevin Love added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers. "We knew we were going to get their best shot and we were able to get it done when it counted".

The Cavaliers had a 49-25 advantage in rebounding.

Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points for the Raptors, while Norman Powell chipped in with 13 and Serge Ibaka had 12.

With two minutes left in the half, Toronto finally earned its first lead since the opening moments of Game 1. "He wanted to, the trainers and Alex (McKechnie, the team's director of sports science) and the medical people said he shouldn't try to go, he was just in so much pain (but) he wanted to". "Coming into the fourth, we couldn't hit any threes. When you see them knocking down their threes, it's kind of deflating". Totals 38-87 16-17 94.

The Cavaliers led 28-24 after the first quarter.

Instead, a 2-for-18 night from distance ruined an otherwise solid showing for three quarters by a Raptors team that was playing without Kyle Lowry, its starting point guard, and playing hard before it simply ran out of gas against a Cavs team that showed more depth than they could offer up.

Korver opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer. Tristan Thompson got in the face of Valanciunas after the Lithuanian center dragged James down to the court during a third-quarter skirmish. 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. Thompson got the lead to 19 points on a layup with 5:47 to play.

"Our second unit guys came in and gave us a big push", James said.

"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.

James said he will be thinking only of the game at hand, not necessarily getting a sweep.

"We made a conscious effort to send them off the line", Irving said.
One more win brings more rest and Game 4 on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) is an opportunity to once again take care of business.

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. His stifling interior defensive presence, along with the frenetic energy of the home crowd, spurred the Raptors on to two straight victories to even that series at two games apiece.

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