LeBron, Love put Cavs in command

LeBron James Cavs Raptors Game 2 2017

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DeRozan got some personal redemption after having to sit for two days and stew on that five-point effort in Game 2, going off for 37.

The Raptors, playing without injured point guard Kyle Lowry, led by three points after the first half.

Lowry suffered the sprained ankle Wednesday night in Game 2. The star point guard came out for warm-ups but was unable to go.

Various media reports said Kerr is unlikely to coach this series, but the team said he has not been officially ruled out to return this round. Lowry remained on the bench for the whole game.

Drake was courtside, so was Gord Downie.

Lowry was arguably Toronto's best player in the two losses to Cleveland, scoring 20 points in both games. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, passes off the ball under the basket as Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) looks on during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff serie. The Rockets scratched together just six field goals on 25 percent shooting in the first quarter. And Powell was keeping James somewhat quiet.

The Cavaliers led 28-24 after the first quarter and the Raptors led 52-49 at the intermission.

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. He looked himself for the first time in the series - getting opportunities, drawing fouls and vaulting over his defenders to hit jumpers in a 13-point quarter. In Games 1 and 2, he didn't do this, and Lowry was banged up and overmatched on his own.

The evenly matched third quarter then saw both teams hold a lead, with a pair of Korver 3-pointers in the final minute of the period helping give the Cavaliers that 79-77 advantage entering the last quarter.

The Raptors missed their first dozen three-point attempts, yet still they were hanging with the Cavs point for point.

Toronto lost Powell to a left ankle injury midway through the first quarter. Toronto would go a dismal 2-of-18 from distance on the night.

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Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both registered 26 points as life without Tony Parker, ruled out with a thigh injury, began with victory. The Raptors couldn't hang with him off the floor.

"We knew we were coming to a hostile environment, we knew they were going to give us everything they had, no matter who was in the lineup", James said. "We just tried to make it tough on him and weather the storm".

Not Good: The Cavs had a rare game with more turnovers than assists.

"It hasn't worked out the way we wanted it to", DeRozan said of the hole his Raptors are in. You can see they had real chemistry with James and Thompson.

Yes, the Toronto Raptors fans were screaming "WE THE NORTH". Cleveland will go for their second-straight series sweep on Sunday at 3:30 in Toronto.

"You don't get to play in the fourth quarter unless you play defence. So for us not to have him anything close to 100 per cent, it would be hard on us", DeRozan said.

"Where are we headed tonight? They are the champs for a reason". Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had 16 apiece for Cleveland.

"We have to play the way we did in the second half", Lue said.

"We were not giving up but they were better than us", Valanciunas said.

Game 4 will be played Sunday afternoon in Toronto, with the home team looking down the barrel of elimination.

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