Raptors end Cavaliers' streak
Cleveland's perfect play-off run went south, north of the border, on Saturday as Toronto beat the Cavaliers 99-84 to trim the deficit in their NBA Eastern Conference finals series to 2-1.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto play-off record with 26 rebounds, handing the Cavaliers their first loss in this postseason after 10 straight wins.
Kyle Lowry scored 20 points, Cory Joseph added 14, and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 for the Raptors. They responded after losing the first two games in Cleveland by a combined 50 points.
"It's a long series," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It's not over with yet, but everybody thought we were going to get swept. That fuels us, and if that's what it takes, so be it."
LeBron James scored 24 points, and J.R. Smith had 22 for Cleveland, which failed in its effort to match the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 11 straight victories to begin a postseason. The Lakers did it in 1989 and 2001.
"We didn't play our game and they made us pay for it," James said. "We didn't start the game as physical as we should have at the point of attack."
James had five assists, moving past Jason Kidd and into third place on the NBA's career play-off list.
It was a rough night for Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who scored three points and made just one of nine field goal attempts. Irving also struggled with his shooting, missing 16 of 19.
DeRozan scored 12 points in the first, but saw a buzzer-beating 3 waved off after video review. Lowry scored eight points despite picking up his second four at 5:40 as Toronto led 30-24 after one. It was the first time in nine quarters this series that the Raptors had outscored the Cavaliers.
Toronto hosts game four today.