Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

LeBron James' sensational form in the NBA Playoffs has continued with a 35-point haul against Toronto on Friday night.

While James scored 35 points for the Cavs, Lowry did not play at all for the Raptors because of a sprained left ankle. Kyle Lowry has scored 20 points on better than 50 percent shooting in each of the series' first two contests, and he could have a big game at home, where he shoots 46.4 percent from three-point range. The Spurs won at home 103-92, to lead the series 2-1.

Their win came despite a huge performance from Rockets star James Harden, who had 43 points. We knew if we just played our game, paid attention to the details, we'd have an opportunity to win the game. James is 210 points behind Michael Jordan for the top spot - about eight games' worth of points for LeBron.

"We just tried to do different coverages to try and wear him down", Lue said. "There was no back down".

The game began with a bit of bad news from a Raptors perspective when Kyle Lowry, who looked to have made a stunningly quick recovery from an ankle injury had his night end in the pre-game warm ups when he abruptly left the court and headed to the locker room. Point guard Kyle Lowry is also a great scoring output having averaged 22.4 in the regular season. "He was limping badly".

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points apiece while Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith combined for 18 points. He dressed but did not play, an indication of how badly it was hurting considering the stakes of the game.

"Tonight we competed extremely well".

That being said, and this is not a defence of the Raptors, we do tend to forget this is the defending National Basketball Association champs, bolstered by a world-class three-point shooter they didn't have a year ago in Kyle Korver.

"I could've kept going", DeRozan said. "They are going to play even better than they did (Friday) to start the game and we just have to be ready for it".

The Raptors actually missed the first 12 three-pointers they attempted not seeing one go down until Norm Powell took the lid off the basket with a make on attempt No. 13 by the team.

"This was his best game, obviously", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. The Raptors came back to take the lead when DeRozan made a free throw to complete a three-point play.

Lowry, who would make things a little more interesting were he healthy, described his chances of playing in Game 4 as "doubtful".

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

It was in the fourth that James finally started to look like the King James from the first two games, pouring in nine points in the first six minutes of the quarter as the Cavs started to pull away for good.

"That stretch right at the beginning of the fourth quarter is what got us", Casey said. Assists-Cleveland 15 (James 7), Toronto 17 (Joseph 6).

Casey, the coach, said before Game 3 that Toronto should use some of that for fuel.

"I am just trying to put myself in a position where I can be, I guess, remembered when I am done playing".

Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots over Raptors forward Serge Ibaka during the second half of Game 3 of their second-round series Friday night in Toronto.

The Cavaliers are the only team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. They ended up with a 115-94 victory to go up 3-0 in the series.

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