TORONTO, Sporting Alert – DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined to score 52 points and Bismarck Biyombo dominated the glass and the Raptors handed the Cavaliers their first loss of the playoffs with a 99-84 victory at the Air Canada Centre here on Saturday.
Cleveland leads the series 2-1.
All-Star guard DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 32 points and Lowry, playing his best game of the series so far, added 20 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. He also had six rebounds in the win.
Biyombo pulled down a Toronto playoff record 26 rebounds, including 18 at the defensive end for the Raptors, while Cory Joseph scored 14 points off the bench.
LeBron James had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the way for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who shot 14 of 41 from 3-point range.
JR Smith added 22 points and Kyrie Irving ended with 13 in the defeat for the Cavs, who had their 10-game winning streak in the playoffs this season ended.
Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 points for Toronto, which will host Game 4 in the series on Monday night at Air Canada Centre.
The Cavaliers trailed the Raptors 60-47 at halftime, with Irving and Kevin Love combined to shoot 0 of 9 from the floor in the first period.
The defending Eastern Conference champions didn’t recover from that and trailed by as many as 15 points.
Inactive: Cavaliers – Kaun, McRae Raptors – Caboclo, Valanciunas Points in the Paint: Cavaliers 20 (10/25), RAPTORS 36 (18/32)
2nd Chance Points: Cavaliers 15 (6/10), RAPTORS 14 (4/9)
Fast Break Points: Cavaliers 14 (3/5), RAPTORS 17 (7/9)
Technical Fouls – Individual
Cavaliers (2): Thompson 0:43.9 2nd , J. Jones 1:34 4th RAPTORS (1): Joseph 0:43.9 2nd
Technical Fouls – Defensive Three Second Cavaliers (1): 6:59 2nd
Flagrant Fouls Cavaliers: NONE
RAPTORS (1): 3:21 4th Biyombo-FLG1