Five quick takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ did-you-see-that? 105-103 Game 3 triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena…
1. Facing extinction of their season, the Raptors finally showed the fight and grit most expected, outscoring the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter, 38-26, playing much more physical, committing 28 fouls, but it wasn’t enough because…
2. LeBron James did it — again — hitting a running bank shot on a drive down the left wing as the final buzzer sounded, giving the Cavaliers the win, sending the sellout crowd of 20,562 into a frenzy and leaving top-seeded Toronto stunned. The shot put Cleveland up in the series, 3-0. No team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
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LeBron James connected on his 7th career go-ahead shot in the final 5 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his playoff career.
His 2 buzzer-beaters this postseason are 1 shy of MJ's career playoff total. pic.twitter.com/Uh61h9WwsT
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3. James finished with (for him) a rather pedestrian 38 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot in 41 minutes, shooting g 14-of-26 from the field and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line, leading the Cavaliers to their ninth consecutive postseason victory over the Raptors.
4. For the second game in a row, Cleveland’s Robin showed up to have the back of its Batman as Kevin Love was an absolute monster in the first three quarters, putting up 21 points, hauling a game-high 16 boards, with two assists, a steal and a block in 38 minutes. Love made 7-of-14 shots, 6-of-11 from inside the 3-point arc, and 6-of-7 seven from the line.
5. Kyle Korver (18 points), George Hill (12 points) and Jeff Green (11 points) gave the Cavaliers five guys in double figures for the fourth straight game, again defying the mantra across the NBA landscape that this team is LeBron and a bunch of dead wood he’s carrying on his broad shoulders. Korver made 4-of-6 from deep, Hill handled fullcourt pressure from the Raptors all night long, turning the ball over only three times in 35 minutes and Green played excellent defense and added two rebounds, two assists and a block.