LeBron’s Flopping Not Enough in Game 3, DeRozan Drops 31 in Raptors Victory

Bradley Whitaker
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The Cleveland Cavaliers tried to shoot their way to victory in Game 3 on Saturday, but it didn’t work out in front of the energized Toronto Raptors fans celebrating their first conference finals home game in franchise history.

DeMar DeRozan (32 points) went to work early, putting up 21 in the first half entirely on two-pointers and free throws.

He helped lead a 33-23 advantage (including a 16-2 run) by the Raptors in the second quarter to give them the cushion needed to carry the game through the second half. But it didn’t come easy.

LeBron James got all the calls he typically gets in the postseason (sorry, it’s true), including this elbow called on DeMarre Carroll that was actually delivered by his own teammate Tristan Thompson.

LeBron’s more than ready for Space Jam.

Here’s another angle in slow-mo.

James would later get another questionable flagrant called in his favor, but it was too little too late.

That flagrant came from Bismack Biyombo, who used his big body all game to help get the Toronto offense rolling in transition. Biyombo had a ridiculous 26 rebounds and four blocks, including this one:

The Raptors won 99-84 in a grind-it-out game that forced the Cavs to shoot difficult threes. Unlike earlier this postseason, Cleveland didn’t shoot well from deep (14-of-41), but you can’t blame them for finally going cold after winning 10 consecutive games. Kevin Love scored just three points.

It’s officially a series that’s no longer a snoozefest. And who knows, if Jonas Valanciunas is back alongside Biyombo, maybe the Raptors can take Game 4.

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