The Toronto Raptors came into game 3 as a team we haven’t seen in a while, and that’s one of the top offensive teams in the league. Although their game 3 victory was stellar, Cleveland still remains the favorite in the series. Toronto was able to get their first ECF victory on Saturday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 making a statement. Nobody knew exactly what to expect from the Raptors after dropping two straight games to the Cavs, as the Cavs won both games 1 and 2 by a combined 50 points. In the first two games Toronto just looked overmatched, a team that didn’t seem to belong in the same category as Cleveland.

Game 3 the Raptors sung a different tune as they were able to keep the Cavaliers out of the paint unlike the first two games, and forced them to take tough jumpers. For the sixth straight game starting center Jonas Valanciunas remained in a suit, but that didn’t stop Toronto from stepping up their defense at every position. They managed to take Kyrie Irving (13 points) and Kevin Love (3 points) out of sync early on as Irving was (3-0f-19 FG and 1-of-7 from 3 FG) and Love was (1-of-9 FG and (1-of-4 3FG) . The Cavaliers still managed to get a strong performance from Lebron James (24 points 9-of-17 FG and 1-of-5 3FG). J.R. Smith also chipped in 22 points and hit 6 three’s, but that still wasn’t enough to put the Raptors away. The Cavaliers were held below 100 points for the first time in these playoffs.

Toronto on the other hand were hot from the start as the sell-out crown dressed in red and white T-shirts cheered the Raptors on from the opening tip off till the last buzzer. Demar Derozan (32 points 12-of-24 FG and 0-of-1 3FG) was a huge part of the strong offensive performance for Toronto. Kyle Lowry (20 points 7-of-13 FG and 4-of-8 3FG) finally showed up when his team needed him the most and was big time from beyond the arc. Cory Joseph added 14 points, and Patrick Patterson and Demarre Carroll each had 10 points a piece. Bismack Biyombo didn’t have a strong offensive performance (7 points 3-of-6 FG), but six of those points came straight in the fourth to put the Raptors up 91-77 with 3:38 remaining, as you cold feel Cleveland dropping the game away. Biyombo came up huge, as he set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds along with 4 monstrous blocks.

I don’t know what was worse. The Cavaliers over all performance as a team, or the flop by Lebron James in the closing minute right before the half, as he was “hit” by teammate Tristan Thompson as Thompson and Carroll got into it. Tempers definitely flared in game 3, and you can be sure that game 4 is going to only continue to be a very physical, competitive, and personal game. Game 4 is Monday night at Air Canada Centre.

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