LeBron buzzer-beater gives Cavs 3-0 lead, Celtics on the cusp

VanVleet drives past Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson during Game 2

James, 33, is averaging 41.8 minutes per game this postseason, tying him for the league lead in playoff minutes per game with Oklahoma City's Paul George, who is not only six years younger than James, but no longer carrying that burden, as the Thunder were eliminated in six games in the first round.

Home court advantage has evaporated.

Dwane Casey was saying on Saturday morning that the Toronto Raptors have played good defence at times in the playoffs.

Coming off his best performance of the playoffs when he erupted for 31 points and 11 rebounds in a 128-110 victory at Toronto in Game 2, Love's production in the 105-103 win wasn't limited to the third quarter. If the series extends beyond that, it's back to Toronto for Game 5, set for Wednesday night (5/9) at Air Canada Centre. Sidekick DeMar DeRozan had an off night with just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and didn't play in the final quarter. "I was able to hit a floater off the glass". What a couple of games we were treated to on Saturday, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics both took 3-0 leads in incredibly dramatic ways.

A couple of free throws later, the Celtics had the win.

Then he 'rested, ' contenting himself with issuing back-to-back assists that produced two killer threes from Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith as the Cavs built an early 111-105 lead in overtime.

Jonas Valanciunas has notched a double-double in back to back contests. He connected on his only 3-point attempt and grabbed 11 of his game-high 16 rebounds. Elsewhere around the rotation Pascal Siakam had 4 fouls while Anunoby and Miles each had 3.

But while James has hit some incredible shots - three of his five postseason buzzer-beaters have been 3-pointers - his most recent was arguably his toughest to make.

The Sixers still had time to get the win, but Horford showed his defensive anticipation with a steal that essentially ended the game, one of three critical turnovers for the Sixers at the end of regulation and then in overtime. If the Raptors' shooters can regain their hot shooting touch on Saturday they will be victorious.

In games and during practice, his teammates have seen the best of LeBron. The Cavaliers later finished the half with a 16-2 surge to take the 15-point lead into the break.

Meanwhile, Toronto, which enters this playoff campaign as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and easily put away the Washington Wizards in round one, has been struggling to match the same level of intensity in this series. They forced him off the court.While the Raptors were surging in the fourth quarter, rallying from a double-digit deficit and showing the fight many didn't believe they had, DeRozan was plastered to the bench, watching his teammates try to dig out of the hole he was most responsible for creating."I don't know what it was". Inspired and motivated more than ever before the Raptors are going to pull off a victory in Game 3.

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