LeBron buzzer-beater gives Cavs 3-0 lead, Celtics on the cusp

Heather Diaz
May 6, 2018

Casey wanted to trap James on the final play, but he went by defenders at "100 miles per hour".

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 19 rebounds in a postseason-high 41 minutes.

GAME SITUATION: Unlike the pressure-packed situation of Game 5 against IN in the previous round, the Cavs had a little breathing room and a lot more confidence with a 2-0 series lead and the Raptors already reeling from James' ridiculous 43-point performance on Thursday.

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"Closing the quarters, we haven't done a good job defensively", he said. We're doing 6, because, you know, Toronto...

"It's one game at a time, and that's the only way we should look at it", said James.

"Coming out of the locker room, that's just inexcusable, to come out of the locker room and have a turnover, and being relaxed defensively, or let Korver come off a pindown and get a wipe open shot", Casey said.

Immediately after winning two games in Canada, the Cavs came dwelling and won a brawl using the Raptors, that simply can't even be at James.

No team have ever come back to win a series when down 3-0 in National Basketball Association history.

"Fight", Lowry said when asked what's next.

The three-time champion has ended the Raptors' past two seasons, and despite playing with a different supporting cast, James is one win from a Toronto trifecta. Toronto'd the East's best record, " the No. 1 seed, homecourt advantage as well as a Cleveland team that appeared very beatable.

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The Raptors said they needed 48 minutes of defence and they came up with 43 minutes of it.

In games and during practice, his teammates have seen the best of LeBron.

Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum had 24 points, five rebounds and four assists.

That first-half stretch was an inexplicable bit of play, and yet it was totally in keeping for the Raptors in this post-season.

Casey and team president Masai Ujiri both showed their displeasure at the officials during the game.

The Raptors tried to shake things up before the game, inserting guard Fred VanVleet into the starting lineup in place of Serge Ibaka and trying to go small.

Still on a night when Toronto need to have all guns firing, DeRozan wasn't a factor with a 3-of-12 shooting night.

James, though, spoiled a spirited effort by the Raptors.

Lowry noted that the offence hadn't been bad at all through two games against Cleveland, and yet they were, staring at a daunting hole.

A gassed James called for a sub and was removed from the game with 4:04 left and the Cavs up 11, but Love took over at that crucial juncture.

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