TORONTO, Sporting Alert — LeBron James scored 35 points with eight rebounds and seven assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 115-94 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series on Friday night.
James, who is averaging 36.3 points per game against the Raptors in the series, shot 9-for-16 from the floor and helped the Cavaliers pull away in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Love had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 16 points, but shot 7-for-21, while Kyle Korver buried four 3-pointers and went 5-for-7 from the floor overall to finish with 14 points off the bench for the Cavs.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 19 and eight rebounds for Toronto, which played without three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry, who was only on the bench.
Norman Powell ended with 13 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 12 in the defeat for the Raptors, who trailed by only two points entering the fourth quarter before Cleveland blew open the game with a 26-7 run.
Game 4 is Sunday in Toronto and James and Co. will be looking to close out the series and get some advanced rest.