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James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory

The Toronto Raptors have been thoroughly trounced in the first two games of their second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but with the series shifting back to Toronto for Games 3 and 4, there was at least some hope that they could get back into the series like they did in last year's Eastern Conference finals, when they won two straight at home to even things at 2-2. While the Spurs weren't much better (34.6 percent), they did manage two transition baskets and 12 points in the paint. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 2.9 rebounds.

"Something we've done is knock down 3s all year", Casey said.

Coach Dwane Casey said the decision will be made jointly by Lowry and the team's medical staff.

Lowry sustained a sprained ankle in the second half of Game 2 in Cleveland. The Cavaliers quickly turned a two-point lead into a 19-point advantage as the Toronto offence went ice-cold.

He worked out a few hours before Friday's game, and was on the court during warmups but limped back to the locker room before the national anthems.

"He was limping badly", Casey said. He participated in the warmup and was listed as active for the game, but Cory Joseph started in his place. The Rockets scratched together just six field goals on 25 percent shooting in the first quarter. Cleveland made up for their shooting woes by connecting on 4-of-8 3-pointers while the Raptors continued to be scoreless from deep, going 0-for-3 from beyond the arc. "That stretch, right at the beginning of the fourth quarter is what got us".

Lowry crumpled to the floor in the first minute of the third quarter, grabbing his left leg.

The Raptors led 52-49 at the intermission and were led by 21 points from DeRozan. Tristan Thompson added nine points and 12 rebounds.

The Spurs were playing in the postseason without Parker for the first time since 2001, ending an National Basketball Association record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman. Windhorst: Brown brings X's and O's to WarriorsOlynyk on Oubre: Suspension not up to meWill Oubre be suspended?Fizdale breaks down evolution of LeBron's gamesc "It's bait", James told ESPN at Cavs shootaround ahead of Friday's Game 3.



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