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

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

DeMar DeRozan recorded 37 points but the Raptors - minus injured guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) - are staring down the barrel, with game four on Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

With nearly two days of negative noise before the Raptors get back on the court coach Dwane Casey instructed his team to ignore it.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not travel to Salt Lake City in advance of today's Game 3 against the Utah Jazz and instead saw a specialist at Duke University on Friday as he remains away from the bench due to back pain.

It was a similar story in Game 1, with James instructing point guard Kyrie Irving to toss the ball off the backboard for an alley-oop dunk you'd normally only see in an all-star game. "We just tried to make it tough on him and weather the storm". "A little, small kid in Mexico (Missouri) with just dreams and hopes", he said. Making cuts would be the problem. If Toronto can't improve on its defensive effort, the Raptors won't contend in any of the games. They looked briefly capable of answering with a win after letting the Cleveland Cavaliers dominate them in the first two games of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

If last season is any indication, the Raptors certainly have a shot to win Game 3.

Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry was "pretty upset" with James's ball-spinning.

The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business north of the border with a 115-94 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 3.

"Just to have that feeling again, people counting you out, whatever negative comes with losing, being down two games, that definitely sucks and it's something that we're gonna have to use tomorrow night", DeRozan said.
"It was done. I don't believe in that".

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"We're coming home, let's take care of home", Casey said. With Lowry hobbled, DeRozan's offensive responsibility increases beyond the heavy load he already carries.

"For us to do that, with all the dealing with trades, having guys in and out, having injuries early, missing Kyle (Lowry), I missed games - everything you can look at, and we still find some (way) to put ourselves in the best situation to compete". The Raptors went through a 1-for-13 shooting slump and scored only three points in a six-minute stretch.

He's dealing with a sprained left ankle and skipped the morning shootaround. "But I am still confident with us going home".

DeRozan - who was smothered under double-teams in Game 2 and went 2-for-11 - picked up steam in Friday's second quarter. We still competed. We still gave ourselves a great opportunity.

"This is the way the playoffs are going to be with me usually", he said. He's a specialist. No matter the time or the score, he's always willing to make and take those big shots. Also, I would not be above Norman Powell taking a more active role in the offense.

The Raptors were prepared for this but the feeling all day seemed to be that Lowry was at least going to be able to help a little. A running layup by P.J. Tucker capped Toronto's 22-9 run and gave the Raptors a four-point lead.

According to ESPN, he passed Kareem in his 205th career playoff game, while Abdul-Jabbar played in 237.

"We have to play the way we did in the second half", Lue said.