The last time Toronto lost three consecutive games was February 8-14.Last season when the teams met in the Eastern Conference finals, the Raptors won Game 3 and Game 4 at home after the Cavaliers won the first two games in Cleveland.
"When we're getting stops, we're a unsafe team", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
HOUSTON - LaMarcus Aldridge scored at will in the paint before the San Antonio Spurs turned a late barrage of 3-pointers into a 103-92 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday night at Toyota Center.
James top-scored once more for Cleveland, shooting 35 points. The fact that Toronto was down only two before Norman Powell converted their first three-point attempt with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter speaks to just how disinterested the Cavs played for most of this night. Kevin Love had 13 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson added 12.
"I liked our fight, I loved the way our guys competed", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Casey was unusually optimistic considering his team was looking at this game as an important opportunity to play their way back into the series. Houston's James Harden showed why is the one of the two favourites to win the NBA MVP award, scoring half of Houston's total (46 points) in a losing effort.
In Houston, Aldridge was especially risky from in the paint in game three as the Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the second-round Western Conference series.
This postseason, James is averaging 34.3 points, 9 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game, averaging 56.6% the field and 48.6% from behind the arc.
"This was his best game, obviously", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. He wasn't too stiff.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away.
Kawhi Leonard added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Kyle Lowry is doubtful for Sunday's win-or-go-home game. I think he'll be able to continue what he's doing for a long time.