The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road trounced the Toronto Raptors 115-94 in
game-three of the second round in the playoffs. The Cavaliers take a 3-0 lead in the series. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 35 points on 9 of 16 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out seven assists. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 16 points on 6 of 9 from the field, and pulled down 13 rebounds. Kyrie Irving put in 16 points on 7 of 21 from the floor, including five rebounds and four assists.
J.R. Smith dropped in nine points on 3 of 5 from the field, and hit three triples. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 3 of 6 from the field, and plucked 12 rebounds. Kyle Korver added 12 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, sunk four three-pointers, and blocked two shots off the bench. Derrick Williams pitched in five points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field in three minutes off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 51.3 percent from the field, and shot 56.5 percent on 13 of 23 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers have turned the ball over a lot in the last couple of games, but they have been shooting so well from the field. The Cavaliers also played good defense and allowed the Raptors to score a total of 94 points. When the Cavaliers are getting stops on defense, they are a much tougher team to beat. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Raptors 49 to 25. The Cavaliers were leading by two points going into the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers out-scored the Raptors 36-17 in the fourth quarter alone.
“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. “We just had to weather the storm.”
DeMar DeRozan managed 37 points on 12 of 23 from the field, and stripped away three steals. DeRozan shot a perfect 13 of 13 from the foul line. Jonas Valanciunas concluded with 18 points on 8 of 10 from the floor, and gathered eight rebounds. Serge Ibaka poured in 12 points on 6 of 14 from the field, and blocked two shots. Norman Powell registered 13 points on merely 6 of 19 from the field, and stripped away two steals. P.J. Tucker contributed five points on 2 of 4 from the floor, and snatched five rebounds off the bench.
The Raptors shot 43.7 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 11 percent on 2 of 18 from three-point distance. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry did not play in this game with an ankle injury. The Raptors kept this game close, but they totally fell apart in the fourth quarter. The Raptors just were out-of-sink on offense, and they really struggled shooting from three-point range. The Raptors out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 50 to 38. The Raptors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers again in game-four on Sunday which is a due or die game for the Raptors.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said about Lowry’s injury, “He was limping badly, He just couldn’t go. 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.”