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"They can't really load, they can't double team because one shot can lose you the game if you give up a wide-open look, most likely you're not going to like the results of that".

For the second time in two games, LeBron James left fellow National Basketball Association players - including a couple of notable adversaries - searching for words on Twitter after his floating buzzer-beater lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-103 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Before the start of Game 3 against the Cavaliers, Dwane Casey was asked about the ghosts of Toronto's previous playoff failures at Quicken Loans Arena, where they had lost all five road playoff games over the previous two postseasons.

So, yeah. It's easy to understand why Cavaliers fans don't take the Raptors too seriously - especially with how the first two games of this series ended in Toronto. The pause that followed was the highlight of this series from a Raptors perspective.

The Raptors also got a very underwhelming performance from star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who only had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes. "I never want to be over there watching".

"When it comes to the playoffs, he always has that edge", Lue said.

LeBron banked in a runner at the buzzer to beat the Raptors 105-103 on Saturday night in Cleveland.

"It's an added advantage because you're back home to everything that you're accustomed to, including your home", James said. He paused and recited the Pledge of Allegiance - well, he could have - and dunked just before the buzzer sounded. The Cavs have won eight straight playoff games over top-seeded Toronto heading into Saturday night's Game 3. "Don't try it at home!"

"Two points ain't two points", said LeBron before Game 3, when asked the difference between those jumpers and a dunk.

Casey wanted to trap James on the final play, but he went by defenders at "100 miles per hour".

A gassed James called for a sub and was removed from the game with 4:04 left and the Cavs up 11, but Love took over at that crucial juncture.

That disastrous stretch proved too much to overcome, even as the Raptors fought and fought some more in the second half, only to be killed one more time by the murderous reign of King James. "You see him shoot that all the time with one hand in practice", Love said.

Desperate to find something, anything, to slow down the Cavs, Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 3. James moved past Tony Parker (226) for the fifth-most games in postseason history.


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