LeBron James hit an off-balance buzzer beater to present the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win over the Raptors, pushing Toronto to the playoff precipice Saturday.
Cleveland, which led by as many as 17, discovered itself tied at 103-103 with eight seconds remaining after an OG Anunoby three-pointer. James, as he had achieved all night time, stepped as much as get the job achieved and gave the Cavs a 3-Zero stranglehold on the Japanese Convention semifinal.
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The Raptors, their offence fizzling and hamstrung by 15 turnovers, trailed 79-65 going into the fourth. Toronto, enjoying a bodily sport, fought again to chop the result in 97-95 with lower than three minutes remaining and 102-100 with 15 seconds left.
After Jeff Inexperienced made only one free throw, Anunoby tied it up with a last-ditch shot.
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James led the Cavaliers with 38 factors whereas Kevin Love added 21. Kyle Lowry had 27 for the Raptors, who obtained simply eight factors from DeMar DeRozan and was not an element within the fourth quarter.
In a must-win sport, the Raptors by no means led. Their season — and maybe coach Dwane Casey’s job — is on the road Monday in Recreation four at Quicken Loans Area. No NBA group has ever blown a 3-Zero playoff sequence lead.