Cavs put Raptors on brink, Spurs topple Rockets

NBA Roundup Things Get Chippy In Washington And We’re Not Talking Politics

NBA Roundup Things Get Chippy In Washington And We’re Not Talking Politics

DeMar DeRozan recorded 37 points but his side are staring down the barrel, with game four on Sunday. After sticking with the Cavs through the back-and-forth quarter, Toronto gave up back-to-back 3-pointers from Kyle Korver to go into the fourth quarter trailing by two, 79-77.

"Those were huge", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of Korver's timely three-pointers. "We just couldn't get nothing to fall, and they turned it up offensively and ran away with it". A void evident in all 12 quarters of what has mostly been a one-sided series. "That's why we love him". "That stretch, right at the beginning of the fourth quarter is what got us". They'd tried lineup changes, and before this one coach Dwane Casey implored his team to punch back at the defending champs, perhaps throwing a "a couple below the belt". "There was no back down".

The Toronto Raptors talked about playing for pride as they try to stave off elimination, while the Cleveland Cavaliers know they only need to continue playing their game, which has given them a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Lowry, who missed 21 games late in the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery, is a vocal leader whether he's on the floor or the bench.

"Our three-point shooters have to take them and make them", Casey said before the game.

"He was limping badly", Casey said.

As a team, the Cavaliers dominated on the rebounding front, holding a 49-25 advantage.

Korver posted his 2017 playoff high with 14 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He averages 32.7 points in games after sub-10 point performance, and was true to form, shooting 12 for 23 and making all 13 free throw attempts. "But again, it's something we've done, knocking down 3s all year and, for whatever reason, it's escaping us right now".

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Antonio Conte's side now lead arch-rivals Spurs by four points in the table and are just three wins away from winning the title. Everton's Romelu Lukaku leads the race for the Golden Boot, his 24 goals putting him clear of Tottenham's Harry Kane (21).

"We knew we were coming to a hostile environment. They are going to play even better than they did (Friday) to start the game and we just have to be ready for it".

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

"Something we've done is knock down threes all year", Casey said. "When you see them knocking down their threes, it's kind of deflating". Green expected to play in Game 3 for WarriorsPatch a lovable underdog at Kentucky DerbyDucks rally to edge Oilers in OTWindhorst: Brown brings X'.

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. LeBron James then grabbed the baton as only he can and slowly exerted his will on the game, earning eight successful trips to the foul line in the final frame.

As much as Lowry is on the Raptors' hope list, so is DeRozan.

James said he will be thinking only of the game at hand, not necessarily getting a sweep. I guarantee every team's thought process is: let's figure out a way to get past LeBron and you can play for a title.

Previous year in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavs led 2-0, but the Raptors claimed the next two games before being eliminated in six. Oh, and by the way the Cavs are 7-0 and could legitimately sweep the east the way things are going right now.