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

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

The Cavaliers dominated in the first two games on their home floor and pulled away from Toronto in the fourth quarter on Friday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Cavaliers can complete a sweep of the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Toronto.

Lowry has a sprained left ankle. Through three quarters LeBron James was not the same LeBron James that owned the court in Cleveland through those first two games but he didn't need to be, not when the Raptors couldn't find any offence other than that which DeMar DeRozan produced.

The 31-year-old Lowry, who was Toronto's best player in Games 1 and 2 and is also the team's best three-point shooter, is tough to replace, said DeMar DeRozan.

James Harden scored a game-high 43 points, including 30 of the Rockets' 53 second-half points, but had just five assists as San Antonio effectively stifled his team-mates.

Double-Double: The only player for the Cavs to have a double-double was Kevin Love with 16 points and 13 rebounds. "I just think we have that mentality of next man up, just playing hard, as we do when he's there and we were able to win games".

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Korver, whose four three-pointers were twice that of the entire Raptors lineup, played 10 minutes-plus in the decisive final quarter. "(But) physically when he's not out there with us, that's the most damaging part for us because we don't have No. 7 out there when we need him to hit those big shots, to get us going, to put his mark on the game or understanding how we need to play". "There was no back down".

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry missed the game with an ankle injury, leaving a gaping hole in Toronto's attack.

The Cavs had held DeRozan in check during the first two games, largely because of the defense of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and James.

"I just wanted him to get up".

"He was limping badly", Casey said. "We stuck to our game plan and took another step forward".

"We came in here (last year) and weren't prepared", Kyrie Irving said. Cleveland also clobbered Toronto 49-25 on the boards. Toronto couldn't buy a three-point basket, going 2 of 18 on the night. You see them knocking down 3s left and right, getting to their spots, it's kind of deflating.

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DeRozan will be looking get the home crowd behind him in Game 4 on Sunday and pick up his regular season form which saw him average 27 points per game. Toronto was outscored 36-17 in the quarter, as Cleveland - led by LeBron James - pranced towards a commanding 3-0 series lead. In less than two minutes, a two-point deficit swelled to eight points. LeBron James poured in 35 points and shot 15-of-16 from the free throw line.

"The production from our bench has to come in and give us a boost", Casey said.

"We've got to get more than nine points from our bench", Casey said. "I know he wasn't able to finish the game".

"This is the way the playoffs are going to be with me usually", he said. No team in National Basketball Association history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs and the Raptors are not about to become the first team to do it.

The Cavs stretched their advantage to nine points, but the Raptors fought back and a finger roll from Ibaka tied the game three-and-a-half minutes before halftime.

That's how many consecutive playoff series in which the Cavaliers' superstar has won a road game, thanks to a 115-94 pasting of the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal.

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