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

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

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.

Lowry scored 20 points but departed the game with a sprained left ankle - he didn't practice Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday's game - while DeRozan experienced a awful contest in which he tallied just five points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Cory Joseph replaced Lowry in the starting lineup for Game 3 but had just four points in a 115-94 loss. "We've just got continue it and make sure that we have that consistent effort going into Game 3". The King had another fearsome game - 35 points on 9-of-15 shooting, to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.

Throughout the first half, the Cavaliers struggled with ball movement and had moments of sloppy play.

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. Cleveland shot 51.3 percent from the filed and 56.3 percent from 3-point territory. The Raptors hope that he regains the scoring touch that was absent in Game 2.

Be careful out there, National Basketball Association starting point guards.

For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors kept things from getting out of control. That group, which included Korver, went on a 26-7 run versus the Raptors from the start of the fourth quarter until James subbed out with 3:27 to play. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and five assists to lead Toronto, but DeMar DeRozan had just five points on 2-of-11 shooting. Unfortunately, Casey opted to rest him to begin the fourth.

DeRozan was due for a big game, and shot 12-of-23 and 13-of-13 at the line. He contributed 14 points on 4 of 6 from behind the arc. He said his team can't go with the rope-a-dope strategy against the champs; they've got try to hit them back, and throw a whole mix of punches in the process (including some "below the belt").

The Cleveland Cavaliers have jolted the Toronto Raptors thus far in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game of the 2017 NBA Playoffs series.

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That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.

After 82 regular season and nine postseason games, the Raptors are in a must-win situation on Sunday.

In the Western Conference Semi-Finals, San Antonio have taken the lead in their series against Houston Rockets for the first time.

The two teams play their Game 4 in Houston on Sunday night.

After a dunk by Rockets forward Trevor Ariza cut the deficit to 76-72 with 7:50 left, Aldridge and Leonard combined to score the next 12 points for the Spurs.

DeRozan was coming off a five-point performance in Game 2, the worst playoff output in his career, but he scored 37 to attempt to carry his team.

It was clear from the start that the Spurs were going to defend with increased vigor despite the loss of Parker. He then tried to play Friday night, but didn't feel confident during warmups.

Players sometimes play better at home, and DeRozan fits into that category.

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