Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

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Look for Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams to play bigger roles in Game 3 to propel the Rockets to a 2-1 series lead.

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry didn't have a problem with James spinning the ball.

The Raptors led by three points at the end of the first half and trailed by only two points entering the fourth quarter before Cleveland took over.

LeBron James continued his strong postseason play as the Cavaliers used a strong fourth quarter run and held on for the win.

"We know DeMar is a great player and our strategy in the last three years since I've been here is just take away what a team does best", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. But the Raptors would be a different team without Lowry.

"He comes out and plays 40 minutes, he plays 48 minutes, double overtime, triple overtime or whatever, and then the next day we walk into the (practice) place and he's dunking after each possession".

James also became the fourth player with 300 career 3-pointers in the postseason, joining Ray Allen (385), Reg-gie Miller (320) and Manu Ginobili (312). "He should spin the ball, he's comfortable, we can't let him be comfortable", Lowry said Friday, per Like I said, it's not hockey. "There was no back down".

Cory Joseph made the first playoff start of his National Basketball Association career in Lowry's place against the surging Cleveland Cavaliers, but managed just four points in Toronto's 115-94 loss. "He was limping badly".

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece.

Obviously, the Cavs had so much more than Korver, who scored 14 points. The action tips off at 7pm EST on May 5 and we've got your way to watch online via live stream.

"Tonight we competed extremely well". The Cavaliers were up 37-28 at one point, but went into halftime down 52-49 after an ill-timed cold streak.

Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points for the Raptors, while Norman Powell chipped in with 13 and Serge Ibaka had 12. They went 13-for-23 from deep, while Toronto went 2-for-18.

"It's tough", DeRozan said. You see them knocking down 3s left and right, getting to their spots, it's kind of deflating.

"It's bait", James told ESPN at Cavs shootaround ahead of Friday's Game 3. He finished 10 of 14 from the field, dropped four 3-pointers and 15 free throws. In the fourth quarter, he spun around Fred VanVleet then nonchalantly tossed up a left-handed floater.

"That's an issue", said Casey.

Casey said the Raptors will be playing for pride on Sunday, not wanting to be swept on their home court.

The Orlando Magic list as the only team to put a stop to James' dominant playoff starts. "I can only focus on the present, and that's what we did today".

The 31-year-old all-star was hurt in Game 2 in Cleveland when Cavs forward Tristan Thompson shoved Toronto's Norm Powell, who hit Lowry sideways as he fell.

Consider that Korver and Williams weren't even with the team at the start of the season. They opened the playoffs with a 7-0 record in 1949 and did it again in 1950.

That's how many consecutive playoff series in which the Cavaliers' superstar has won a road game, thanks to a 115-94 pasting of the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal. In 2016, Cleveland came out flat before dominating Games 5 and 6 for a series win.