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Cavs take commanding 3-0 lead in series over Raptors

The Cavaliers went on a 17-1 run early in the fourth quarter to give the Cavs a 3-0 lead over the Raptors with a 115-94 win in Game Three

The Cavaliers didn't leave their game at the Canadian border this year.

After going up 2-0 last season, the Cavs were blitzed by the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals and ended up forcing Cleveland to win the series in six games.  After winning the first two games this season, the Cavs went back to Toronto trying to avoid the pitfalls of last year.

Thanks to a 17-1 run early in the fourth quarter, the Cavs blew open a tight game and the Cavs took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series with a 115-94 win over the Raptors in front of a sold out crowd at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Cavs have are now 7-0 in the postseason this year and have won 10-straight playoff games dating back to least year's NBA Finals. Cleveland will go for their second-straight series sweep on Sunday at 3:30 in Toronto. No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series in the NBA playoffs.

LeBron James said he wasn't worried about what happened last year.

"For me, I don't dwell on the past," James said. "We knew they were going to give us their best shot. We played our best basketball when we needed to."

The Raptors led 52-49 at halftime after finishing the second quarter with a 15-6 run. At one point, the Cavs led by nine points in first half, 37-28 in the second quarter. However, late in the third quarter, Kyle Korver hit back-to-back late three's to give the Cavs a 79-77 lead after three periods.

"Our second unit guys came in and gave us a big push," James said. 

The Cavaliers came out with a 17-1 run in the fourth quarter that extended to 23-5 to put the game out of reach with James leading the way. James had 35 points, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love adding 16 points. Korver came off the bench and scored 14 points, hitting four three's. James hit 15-of-16 free throws. 

With Kyle Lowry sitting out with an ankle injury, DeMar DeRozan had his best game of the series with 37 points to lead all scorers. 

Tip Ins

LBJ: After passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in playoffs games in Game Two, LeBron James now has his sights set on all-time leader Michael Jordan, who has 5,987 points. James started the game trailing Jordan by 211 points with 5,776 points. James scored 35 points in Game Three and now has 5,811 points to trail Jordan by 176 points. James hit 15-of-16 free throws and just nine field goals.

3-Ball: The Cavs hit 13-of-23 three-point shots for 56.5 percent, led by Kyle Korver on 4-of-6 attempts. Meanwhile, the Raptors missed their first 12 three-point attempts until Norman Powell hit one with 3:10 left in the third quarter. They finished just 2-of-18 (.111 pct.) from long range. The Cavs had a 33-point differential from three-point range. 

Double-Double: The only player for the Cavs to have a double-double was Kevin Love with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Charity Stripe: The Cavs shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line, hitting 24-of-28. LeBron James was 15-of-16 to lead the way.

Chairman of the Boards: The Cavs dominated the boards, 58-33. Kevin Love had 13 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson added 12. 

Not Good: The Cavs had a rare game with more turnovers than assists. Cleveland had just 15 assists, but had 16 turnovers. 

No Lowry: Kyle Lowry was active for Game Three, but he did not play due to an ankle sprain suffered in Game Two. Lowry's replacement, Norman Powell injured his ankle with 4:25 to play in the first quarter, but returned soon thereafter.

Next Up: Game Four will be Sunday at 3:30 pm in Toronto with the Cavs looking to sweep the Raptors. If Toronto wins Sunday, Game Five would be back in Cleveland on Tuesday night. 


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