Forward LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cavaliers topped the.
The Raptors aren't finished yet (they'll play Game 4 on Sunday), but it's hard to see them beating this Cleveland team four times in a row. Lowry is averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 assists in eight games so far this postseason.
As the team's leading three-point shooter at 41% through the regular season, even with a bad ankle Lowry probably would have made a contribution, had he been able to play - even as a secondary scorer.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Raptors trail the series 3-0.
Toronto did lead for a good chunk of the game, building a 52-49 halftime lead and led for most of the third quarter behind DeRozan's spectacular scoring.
The Cavaliers outscored the Raptors 36-17 in the final quarter, with James scoring 13 of the points in fewer than nine minutes of playing time.
"Sunday's game is about pride", Casey said.
"We can't allow that type of freedom, that type of comfort with him or any other player, to be able to spin the ball like that", Raptors guard Norm Powell said Friday morning after shootaround. The selflessness just starts to go throughout the team, and we all start to feel really good.
"It's pretty sore", Lowry said after limping to the postgame podium. "There was no back down".
Kerr doesn't travel with Warriors • Steve Kerr did not travel with the Warriors to Salt Lake City and will not coach in Games 3 or 4 as he continues to seek medical solutions for ailments stemming from back surgery gone wrong a couple of summers ago.
"Margin for error is very small because he makes you pay with his passing, now he's shooting the three", Casey said. "He was limping badly". "It's not going to be like that every night, but when it is, it becomes one of those nights for us".
"Where are we headed tonight?" "We knew they were going to give us their best shot". "I knew it was bothering him, but I didn't know till late, till they did starting lineups, that he wasn't gonna go". The Rockets scratched together just six field goals on 25 percent shooting in the first quarter. Norman Powell made Toronto's first 3-pointer with 3:09 in the third quarter - the Raptors were 0-of-12 up to that point. "Coming into the fourth, we couldn't hit any threes". "When you see them knocking down 3's left and right, getting to their spots, it's kind of deflating".
Two nights earlier, James shot a three-pointer over Toronto shot-blocker Ibaka, but not before pausing to spin the ball twice in his hands, as if he was lining up to shoot a free throw.
The Raptors started the fourth 1-of-12 from the field.
Kyle Lowry had a decent night for Toronto, pouring in 20 points on an efficient 7 of 12 from the floor, while Corey Joseph added 22 points off the bench. "And, for whatever reason, couldn't get started".
The whole sports world is taking notice of James in these playoffs.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers lays up a shot against the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday in Cleveland.
That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and '50 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. Toronto dropped two games in Cleveland in last year's conference finals but bounced back with two wins at home.
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