Toronto Raptors Defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84; Cavs Still Lead Series 2-1
If the first two games of the series were any indication, it seemed as though the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to have no problems with the Toronto Raptors. The Cavs were 10-0 coming into Game 3 in Toronto, but the Raptors were looking to put an end to that streak.
The game was kept close throughout the first quarter and a good portion of the second quarter. After the first buzzer, the Raptors held a 27-24 lead and continued to exchange buckets with the Cavs until late in the second quarter. They ended the quarter with a 33-23 scoring advantage, taking a 60-47 lead entering halftime.
It seemed that one run the Raptors had would be all they would need in this one. The second half was a back-and-forth battle for both teams. Ultimately, it was DeMar DeRozan’s elite scoring ability and Bismack Biyombo’s incessant control of the paint and boards. DeRozan ended the game with 32 points off 12-24 shooting and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Biyombo finished with 26 rebounds — 8 of them coming off the offensive glass — and also chipped in with 4 blocks.
It was a tough night for two of the Cavs’ ‘Big Three.’ Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had difficulty getting going in Game 3, combining for just 16 points off 4-28 shooting and 2-11 from the three-point line. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while J.R. Smith added 22 points and 5 rebounds.
The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t show up looking like the team they were the previous 10 games. They got out-rebounded 54-40, they only had 15 assists, they shot the ball a mere 35 percent from the floor, they missed 27 three-pointers and also allowed 16 points off turnovers. The Cavs will need to play a much more solid game offensively and defensively if they want to steal a game in Toronto’s home court.
On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors looked a lot better on both ends of the floor. They shot 46 percent from the floor, made 12 three-pointers, were a lot more stingy on defense and did a great job in transition. Coy Joseph did a great job of limiting Kyrie Irving, especially late in the game. They never gave up and didn’t let the Cavs come back.
The game ended 99-84 as the Toronto Raptors cut the Cavs’ series lead to 2-1. Game 4 will be held on Monday at 5:30 PM PT. You can catch the game on ESPN.
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