Cavaliers throttle Raptors, grab 3-2 series lead


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry looks to shoot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Cl... As for the Cleveland defense, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score on the Cavaliers. Well, that has was the case until they met the Toronto Raptors.

And despite the fact that Toronto appears to have all the momentum right now, the fact remains that the Raptors must still win two games in Cleveland to beat the Cavs.

"Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto".

After struggling badly in Games 3 and 4, Kevin Love was incredible in Game 5.

"We're a program that is trying to get [to] where Cleveland has been", Casey said. His defense was noticeably a bit off, but perhaps he can provide more of a boost on Friday night.

The Cavaliers showed Wednesday that they have what it takes to punch back after taking one to the jaw.

"We just took the personal challenge", Irving said "We just wanted to make it a little more uncomfortable for them and be more physical". "That's been all three ballgames". Here is a capsule look at the key aspect(s) of the game, which was televised by ESPN:A world of difference: There is a reason some of us cared what happened last November 2 in Philadelphia, when the Cavaliers rallied from a 14-point deficit after one quarter to defeat the 76ers, 107-100. He did sit another fourth quarter -€” his third straight -€” but this time under different circumstances. We've got to take one of them out of the game.

On average, Cleveland attempts 30.0 three pointers and Toronto attempts 23.0 per game.

To the NBA Playoffs, and Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

CLEVELAND-Talk about a bounce back game.

The Cavs were all over the court, swarming and stifling DeRozan and Lowry, who combined for 67 points in Game 4.

Kevin Love hasn't played in a 4th quarter for the Cavaliers since Game 2.

Love led the bounce back with a strong first half on 6-of-6 from the field, including three made behind the arc to lead the Cavs at the half with 19 points.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Love's confidence never wavered. "As much as I got it, I was trying to look for him for either post-ups or threes". "To see him come out aggressive from the beginning of the game, got him going".

"It was a bounce back game for Kevin", James said. "He's a true professional".

James was once again active getting to the basket, making seven field goals in the restricted area.

It's easy to think Love isn't part of the group and that he's off to the side not enjoying playing for the Cavs. LeBron is always going to be a factor and whatever J.R. Smith does is considered a bonus.

Valanciunas hadn't played since May 7.

The Raptors trailed by 40 points at the start of the fourth quarter. Love was the prime example of a good player on a bad team.

Biyombo's rebounding might lead to a payday in the offseason, one that Thompson already received, yet Thompson closed the gap in their statistical battle Wednesday. Who will win the game? He finished with 10 points.

In the postseason, DeRozan leads in points with 21.3 per game. James (1,320) is tied with Kobe Bryant (1,320) for the second-most free throws in postseason history.



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