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Montrelle Montesinos | 15 May, 2017, 19:56

The Toronto Raptors' two-headed monster had only one head Friday night and for three quarters it appeared it - or he - would shoot holes in the old axiom.

The Cavaliers didn't leave their game at the Canadian border this year.

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.

DeRozan tried to carry the Raptors, he had 37 points for the game on 12-of-23 shooting.

Yet it still wasn't enough.

SPURS 103, ROCKETS 92HOUSTON - Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points apiece to help the San Antonio Spurs, now without Tony Parker, beat the Houston Rockets 103-92 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

They can do that here in Sunday's Game 4. "When we're playing at a high pace and high energy, the ball seems to hop and it finds the open shooter every, single time". Nine of those 17 were by James.

The only silver lining for Toronto is this: The Eastern finals between these teams last season also started with two lopsided Cavs wins, and the Raptors returned home to win the next two games.

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to dominate the Toronto Raptors when the series moves to Canada for Game 3 tonight at 7PM ET? "That's the most frustrating part is just trying to keep the patience, and play and just get this feeling off us".

In this series, Cleveland has averaged 16 makes (on ridiculous 47.8% shooting) to Toronto's 7.5 makes on 34.9% shooting that almost mirrors the team's regular season marksmanship. DeRozan had shot just 9 of 27 from the field in Quicken Loans Arena.

"A little kid from Mexico (Missouri) with just dreams and hopes", he said.

James top-scored once more for Cleveland, shooting 35 points. Smith's foul problems allowed DeRozan to drive the lane unmolested on several occasions through three quarters. From there, the Raptors finished the quarter on a 24-12 run.

Toronto did lead for a good chunk of the game, building a 52-49 halftime lead and led for most of the third quarter behind DeRozan's spectacular scoring.

A pair of 3-pointers by Korver in the final minute of the third quarter helped the Cavaliers take a 79-77 lead into the fourth quarter. On the way back to the hotel, we could hear them screaming, "Let's go Raptors", repeatedly ...

Serge Ibaka jumped out at Korver coming around the screen because of the threat of the 3, and Korver immediately found Tristan Thompson on the roll with a mismatch against P.J. Tucker in the post. The stretch ended with a Jonas Valanciunas field goal with 5:20 to go.

LeBron James was again dominant with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Valanciunas contributed 15 points for the Raptors, while Norman Powell added 13 points and Ibaka 12. James now only trails Michael Jordan (5,987), the player to whom he has been compared since he was a teenager, for the most points in postseason history.

He scored 17 points in the third quarter, after which the Cavs led 99-73.

Against a Cleveland team playing better and better every game, particularly LeBron being at the peak of his form, it's just hard to picture. Technicals-Toronto defensive three second, Toronto team.