Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

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This time, Cleveland came across the border and kept right on rolling. "We knew we were going to get their best shot and we were able to get it done when it counted".

DeMar DeRozan registered 37 points on 12-of-23 shooting, but he couldn't will his team to won, not when the Raptors hot just 43.7 percent and missed 16 of 18 three-point attempts. Utah was 29-12 at home during the regular season but lost two of its three home games in the first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Toronto dropped two games in Cleveland in last year's conference finals but bounced back with two wins at home.

"(DeRozan) having to play 40 minutes, go one-on-one, I thought he just got exhausted", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said of DeRozan.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his players should use James's behaviour as motivation.

"When we lost by (31) here a year ago, everyone knocked us and said it was over with", Casey said. "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".

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.

Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight double-digit wins over Toronto.

James added eight rebounds and seven assists. "Honestly, today we were not giving up but they were better than us".

"They're into him, they're bodying him", Casey said. "He was in such a great groove, and for a scorer in our league we tried to make it tough on him the whole way, and see if we could weather the storm, and we did that in the fourth quarter". The Cavaliers tied the game at 60 on Love's 3-pointer with 7:13 to play in the third. Powell also had a forgettable quarter, going 1-of-7 from the field with just two points, and he got hit the hardest by Lowry's injury. "He was limping badly". "He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn't try to go, because he was in so much pain". It's about time for Toronto to start thinking about next season.

The Raptors managed to score only three points in the first six and a half minutes of the final period, allowing the Cavaliers to pull away.

If we can isolate one discouraging thing then in particular, it would the Cavs' relative lack of urgency as the game began.

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Then Cleveland found another gear - specifically, LeBron found another gear, but as a team the Cavs shot 11-of-14 and 4-of-5 from three in the fourth.

Korver opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer. Cleveland shot 51.3 percent from the filed and 56.3 percent from 3-point territory.

Valanciunas took the message to heart, sending James sailing into the court-side seats after the two got tangled up. And when Brampton, Ont., native Tristan Thompson scored with 5:47 to play, it gave the Cavs a 99-80 lead, much to the dismay of the noisy, white-clad crowd that included Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip and rapper Drake.

The Cavaliers had a 49-25 advantage in rebounding.

Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances.

Down 0-3 against a dominant LeBron James led Cavaliers team, will Lowry be back for Game 4 Sunday? Total Fouls-Cleveland 20, Toronto 21.

Percentages: FG.513, FT.857.

Percentages: FG.437, FT.941.

On Wednesday, he scored a playoff career-low five points in Game 2.

Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 4 (3 PTS).