The Cavaliers didn't leave their game at the Canadian border this year. That means Sunday is possibly his last game with the Raptors.
The San Antonio Spurs have the advantage in their Western Conference tussle with the Houston Rockets after a 103-92 win saw them take a 2-1 lead in the series.
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. Going straight forward will be okay. The Raptors are 4-4 so far in these playoffs, sputtered a bit before getting things right against Milwaukee, and know that a 3-0 deficit would make this series outcome inevitable.
James and those bench players (though in this case, Thompson playing instead of Channing Frye) were highly effective in the last series against the Indiana Pacers.
"I don't know when his prime is going to stop", Lowry told The Vertical. Usually that implies something good in basketball, some understanding of the moment, context that will not overwhelm a given team or player. A DeRozan layup evened up the score, but the Cavs ended the quarter on a mini 10-6 run to take a 28-24 lead into the second quarter.
"Nothing could fall for us, especially at the start of that fourth quarter", said DeRozan, who had just one point in the final quarter.
"DeRozan was fantastic - he gave everything he had", said James.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away.
Kyrie Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers James had eight rebounds and seven assists.
That lack of success only hurt more when the Cavs used their own three-ball proficiency to break the game open late in the third as Kyle Korver got hot for about two minutes and sank three triples in a row.
Down 2-0 after being bulldozed by James in Cleveland, Toronto needs to make some adjustments heading into Game 3 or summer vacation will arrive early again.
Jonas Valanciunas returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in Game 2 and scored 23 points.
James top-scored once more for Cleveland, shooting 35 points.
"We can't allow that type of freedom, that type of comfort with him or any other player, to be able to spin the ball like that", Raptors guard Norm Powell said Friday morning after shootaround. The Raptors guard scored just five points on 2-for-11 shooting.
Valanciunas contributed 15 points for the Raptors, while Norman Powell added 13 points and Ibaka 12. He's shooting 57 percent from the floor and playing 42.2 minutes per game. LeBron James was 15-of-16 to lead the way. The Cavs also dominated the boards in this game, outrebounding the Raptors 49-25. 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. After connecting on 53 percent from the field in the opening 12 minutes, Cleveland's touch went ice-cold as they hit on just 32 percent of their field goals in the second period.