Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry gametime decision for Game 3 against Cavaliers

"We couldn't get anything to fall for us and they turned it on offensively and ran away with it", said Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who had a career playoff-best 37 points after scoring a career playoff-low five points in Game 2.

Nevertheless, there was a real chance for the Raptors in this one, but only if everything broke right.

LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the To-ronto Raptors 115-94 Friday (Saturday in Manila) to take a 3-0 stranglehold lead in their second-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

The loss of Lowry was a huge blow to Toronto. "He should spin the ball, he's comfortable, we can't let him be comfortable", Lowry said Friday, per Cleveland.com. He was listed as active but spent the night on the bench. Utah endured slow first-quarter starts in Game 1 and Game 2.

Had they got even an average night from behind the three-point line, the Raptors might now be a game away from tying this series up.

The Atlanta Hawks' next general manager will have total authority of personnel decisions following moves on Friday which dismantled the two-tier management team of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox.

The Cavs allowed the Raptors to hang around, committing 14 turnovers over the first three quarters and letting Toronto take wide open three after wide open three. The Cavs lowered the boom in the fourth quarter as Korver nailed three straight 3-pointers and James lowered his head and started attacking. Nothing could fall for us, especially in that fourth quarter, start of the fourth quarter. DeRozan missed his first four field-goal attempts, but finally starting making them 10 minutes in.

James added eight rebounds and seven assists. (It might already be that way, considering James has never wasted so much as a 2-0 series lead.) If the Raptors have a trick left to play, now's the time. While Cleveland is shooting 50 percent from three, Toronto is hitting only 27.9 percent of their attempts from three-point land.

The best evidence of Smith's current defensive prowess comes in looking at the offensive numbers of his counterpart on the Toronto Raptors, DeMar DeRozan.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his players should use James's behaviour as motivation.

"If a guy feels like he can go, he'll go, but the doctors will have something to say about it too", Casey said. "To beat the champ, you have to throw punches. And when Kyle gets hot, you've got to keep giving him the ball".

Valanciunas took the message to heart, sending James sailing into the court-side seats after the two got tangled up.

"That play, throwing it off (the glass), having a beer on the sideline. all of those things should get you upset to compete, not to compete but to make it a physical contest", Casey said.

Cavaliers: Cleveland finished 13 for 23 from 3-point range.

The Raptors missed the first 12 three-pointers they attempted, not seeing one go down until Norm Powell took the lid off the basket with a make on attempt No. 13 by the team. A running layup by P.J. Tucker capped Toronto's 22-9 run and gave the Raptors a four-point lead. They headed into the locker-room at the break up 52-49. The Spurs won at home 103-92, to lead the series 2-1.

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