Kyle Lowry will be game-time decision after missing shootaround

Beth Cruz
May 16, 2017

Next Up: Game Four will be Sunday at 3:30 pm in Toronto with the Cavs looking to sweep the Raptors.

The Cavs allowed the Raptors to hang around, committing 14 turnovers over the first three quarters and letting Toronto take wide open three after wide open three. A pair of Kyle Korver triples helped give the Cavaliers a 79-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and they promptly went on a 20-3 run to start the final frame to erase all doubt of the outcome.

Forward LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cavaliers topped the.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll without a single 2017 National Basketball Association playoff game loss, and they're looking to make it 7-0 in game three against the Toronto Raptors. Joseph replaced Lowry in the starting lineup, and after a strong offensive showing in Game 2, Jonas Valanciunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup. The Cavs have a bad habit of playing down to their competition, and with Lowry not playing in this game, it appears that was the case again tonight.

LeBron James scored 35 points while Kevin Love added a double-double as the Cavs maintained their 100 per cent record in this year's post-season. Thompson grabbed 12. Their 25 caroms matched the entire Toronto team.

The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points, but was unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

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

As a team, the Cavaliers sunk 18 of their 33 looks from three-point range (54.5 percent) in the Game 2 win. He was on the active list but only because it had to be submitted an hour before tipoff and the Raptors held out hope he would be able to play at that point.

The Raps trailed 28-24 by the end of the quarter, and Delon Wright - not Lowry - was the point guard subbed in for Joseph. They have no answer for James, and the Cavs keep finding different players to help their star glittering even brighter.

The Raptors actually missed the first 12 three-pointers they attempted not seeing one go down until Norm Powell took the lid off the basket with a make on attempt No. 13 by the team. "[It] understands going into the fourth quarter it's an opportunity to put away, to do all the things that's needed for them to win". Thompson got the lead to 19 points on a layup with 5:47 to play.

The Cavaliers are the only team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons.

TORONTO -? Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry missed Friday's shootaround and will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a left ankle sprain.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after being fouled by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of game three of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre.

Lowry is averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 assists in eight games this postseason.

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both registered 26 points as life without Tony Parker, ruled out with a thigh injury, began with victory.

Game four is in Houston on Sunday night.

Rockets guard James Harden scored a game-high 43 points but had just five assists.

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.

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