Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3: What We Learned

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Win, lose, or draw you have to come out and compete your behinds off like you did [Friday] for longer periods of time. "But I am still confident with us going home".

"I was just basically in my zone, in my comfort zone and after I spun the ball and I jabbed him, I seen what I needed to see from the defender to be able to get that shot off".

When DeRozan saw his backcourt mate go down early in the third quarter on Wednesday, with the game already getting away from them, he thought: "Couldn't get no worse".

Game four is in Houston on Sunday night.

"DeRozan was unbelievable - he gave everything he had", said James.

"We understand it's going to be tough, but we all understand that we are a different team as well", Kyrie Irving said.

That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and '50 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.

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.

Kawhi Leonard was the star once more with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. "Next man mentality and we're all playing good together".

Norman Powell scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who shot a dismal two for 18 from 3-point range.

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"They're into him, they're bodying him", Casey said. Right now, they are doing what they want to do to our defense, and that is unacceptable and we can do better.

After being held to a playoff career-low five points Wednesday, DeRozan scored 37 points.

Kyle Lowry didn't practise due to his sprained left ankle, and is questionable for Game 3. He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warm-ups but hobbled back to the locker room before the anthems.

"He's playing well", Casey said. "He just couldn't go". "He wanted to. The medical people said he shouldn't try to go". Joseph replaced Lowry in the starting lineup, and after a strong offensive showing in Game 2, Jonas Valanciunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup.

Even without Lowry, the Raptors only trailed 79-77 to begin the fourth, but Cleveland pulled away as Toronto missed 10 of its first 11 field goal attempts in the final quarter. King James became the fourth player in league history to make 300 threes in the National Basketball Association playoffs and got a standing ovation and lively MVP chants as he headed to the bench with 39 points on 10-14 shooting. James hit four free throws on either side of a 3-pointer to put the Cavs up 97-80 with 6:20 left. Nothing could fall for us, especially in that fourth quarter, start of the fourth quarter.

As a team, the Cavaliers dominated on the rebounding front, holding a 49-25 advantage. Toronto lost three in a row from February 8 to 14.

Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

James, of course, went to the line 21 times in Game 2. Totals 38-87 16-17 94.

The 31-year-old all-star was hurt in Game 2 in Cleveland when Cavs forward Tristan Thompson shoved Toronto's Norm Powell, who hit Lowry sideways as he fell. He finished with 35 points, 7 assists, and 8 boards. Cleveland has now been 84 points better than Toronto on 3s. Technicals-Toronto defensive three second, Toronto team.

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