James floats as Cavs stun Raptors

Pelicans eager to try to continue recent home success in Game 3 vs. Warriors

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers may lead the Toronto Raptors 3-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but two of those wins came by a combined three points. After some tight hugs, he was back atop the scorer's table - just like he did after a last-second 3-pointer to win Game 5 against IN - and celebrated a win that was up for grabs. "We know they're going to come out, just like they did (Saturday) night in that fourth quarter to try to play and to start the game that way so we got to be prepared for that".

He drained a long 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of a defender. Windhorst noted that James had either directly scored or assisted on 62 percent of the Cavs points this postseason, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst in an April 20 piece. And of course, he brought over one of those ridiculous fadeaway jumpers he used throughout Game 2.

It was the fifth buzzer-beater of James' post-season career.

Even by James's lofty standard, this was a shot to remember, a picture-perfect banking runner set up by a full-court sprint through Toronto's defense. And it showed real grit in mounting one comeback after another, only to have James and the Cavs push them back. The problem for the Raptors is simple.

Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn.

Kyle Lowry did his bit to try and help Toronto win the game, as he finished with 27 points with three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, but the rest of his teammates didn't really step up to the mark to help secure the result, and it cost them dearly.

The benefit of having a dominant Love goes beyond the numbers, though.




James led the Cavaliers with 38 points while Kevin Love added 21.

And it's not just Love. They'll try to make it 10 straight by riding the momentum from James' buzzer-beater in Game 3 into the closeout opportunity.

The brilliance of James always gives the Cavs a chance, but the supporting cast is what has changed the complexion of this series and the East playoff bracket.

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum was impressed by Anunoby's nerve to hit the game-tying shot, but also realized just how much time was remaining on the clock and tried to predict how James would finish the game. The Cavs attacked DeRozan with plenty of double-teams and traps, clearly emphasizing the importance of forcing the ball out of his hands.

Still on a night when Toronto need to have all guns firing, DeRozan wasn't a factor with a 3-of-12 shooting night. "It definitely sucks to be watching, but like I said, you've got to give credit to those guys". "It was (a) big win for us, there's some things we could have done better down the stretch (though)".

As overwhelming an advantage as the Cavs might seem to be taking into Monday's Game 4, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue is cautioning his team against overconfidence. They can't pull that off without a fully engaged DeRozan on the floor.

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