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

The last time was February 8-14, before the acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, brought in via trade to improve the Raptors defense against the Cavs in the playoffs.

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who has a left ankle sprain, considers himself doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 as the Toronto Raptors try to avoid a sweep against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I know he was working to get it going, see how he felt shooting", DeMar DeRozan said of Lowry.

Quite frankly, I'm not sure if we should be disappointed in Toronto or impressed with Cleveland?

Lowry was a game-time decision before Game 3 on Friday, and he was officially ruled active prior to tipoff.

While his talents are appreciated in Cleveland, Korver knows there is a long list of talent on the Cavs' bench. Nothing was working. DeRozan poured in 36 points in the first 34 minutes. "You train, you hit the heavy bag and you bounce out and you come out and go to the rope-a-dope instead of throwing a punch", Casey said. "If is a huge world in that situation because this group hasn't had a training camp or time together to go against him".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Toronto on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight double-digit wins over Toronto.

"He's playing well", Casey said.

We do not need to be thinking about a sweep or getting rest.

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"I just keep on telling myself that I've got to be ready for that game and tonight was one of them".

Kevin Love recorded his 2nd double-double of the 2017 Playoffs with 16 points on 6-9 (.667) shooting from the field, a game-high 13 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes in Game 3 against the Raptors.

"You don't get to play in the fourth quarter unless you play defence".

Given the lopsided of nature of this series heading into play Friday, the Raptors were already running out of options.

Spurs 103, Rockets 92: LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and seven rebounds as San Antonio took back home-court advantage with a road win in Game 3 for a 2-1 series lead.

The changes come after the Hawks dipped to 43-39 this season and lost to the Washington Wizards in the opening round of the playoffs. LeBron James poured in 35 points and shot 15-of-16 from the free throw line.

Coach Dwane Casey had promised more fight from his team, saying they hadn't been physical enough in Cleveland. "But again, it's something we've done, knocking down 3s all year and, for whatever reason, it's escaping us right now".

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. Korver had scored nine points total in the first two games on nine shots. This year, we have guys stepping up and making plays on both ends of the floor. I mean, that's it right there: They've got LeBron James and nobody's closing the gap on him.

Even those out there, and I was certainly one, who thought the Ibaka and Tucker additions could at least make the series interesting, still didn't have the Raptors as favourites going into this thing. Cleveland led by double-digits for most of the time, ultimately winning by 11 points and 22 points, respectively.

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