Cavs move one game away from Eastern Conference Finals

"Some of them are pretty good". While he did not classify it as a "high ankle sprain", Lowry said it's high on his ankle. This loss is especially deflating for Raptors' fans considering the offensive effort by DeMar DeRozan.

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. He reiterated DeRozan's thoughts on the season.

Asked how disappointing the injury was, Lowry said, "It sucks". "We had different expectations, each and every game was different". Sorry Raptors fans, if you're reading this, it's too late.

Korver grabbed a rebound and hit another three to open Cleveland's account in the fourth.

Norman Powell scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who shot a dismal 2 for 18 from 3-point range. The contest also is the first in the series played in Toronto after the first two were play held in Cleveland.

"He had a minute and a half and he needed that", Casey said of the DeRozan absence before he returned to play.

"It was tough. It changes your mindset". "I don't think about the past or the future", he said.

With nearly two days of negative noise before the Raptors get back on the court coach Dwane Casey instructed his team to ignore it. "He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn't try to go, because he was in so much pain". "He just couldn't go".

King James passed the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second place on the all-time postseason scoring list, after a 25-point performance in the Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between his Cavs and the Raptors. James scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

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

Did he need the breather?

"I just keep on telling myself that I've got to be ready for that game and tonight was one of them". "At this point in time, there's no need for rest". Kyrie Irving did his best to remind us how large the gap is between Cleveland's first and second best players. Thompson got the lead to 19 points on a layup with 5:47 to play. The two Canadian musicians met on the court at halftime for a warm embrace.

Toronto was forced to play without their all-star point guard Kyle Lowry. "They understand you have to have some pride not to get swept even though (the Cavs) have already been crowned so-called Eastern Conference champions". It's about the fight, the scratch, the want to, to grind it out. The Raptors tried to counterbalance by not sending screens for DeRozan because that would give the Cavs better opportunities to trap him. Over a four minute stretch, he nearly single-handedly turned a seven point lead into nineteen and the Cavs never looked back.

Coach Tyronn Lue opened the fourth period with Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams, Iman Shumpert, Korver and James.

A James three-pointer with just over six minutes left - the capper on his 35-point night - gave Cleveland a 15-point lead and zapped the final dose of energy out of the crowd.

Cleveland led 28-24 after the first, its smallest lead at the end one quarter in the series so far.

  • Julie Sanders