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NBA playoffs: DeRozan’s 32 points help Raptors cut series deficit to 2-1


05-22-2016 16:01 BJT

The Toronto Raptors hosting Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Cavs won big in the first two contests of this series, many analysts started predicting a sweep. But the Canadian Club would be determined to prove the doubters wrong in front of their home fans, with DeMar DeRozan leading the way.

The crowd at the Air Canada Centre clearly not listening to the pundits. And neither is the Team From The North, as DeRozan picks his spot to pop the open jumper, and that puts the hosts in front by three.

Cleveland looks to keep it close, as LeBron James finds Channing Frye for three of his 11 points off the bench, cutting the deficit to three. But T-Dot can stroke it from outside as well, as DeMarre Carroll drills the fast-break trey, and just like that, their lead is 15.

DeRozan then goes to work on JR Smith, as he sinks the J over the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year. DeRozan backs Smith up off the dribble, before smoothly sinking two of his game-high 32 points.

LBJ then takes matters into his own hands, getting the hoop and the harm after half-time. James with 24 points for the Cavaliers.

Then with time ticking down in the third quarter, Cory Joseph beats the buzzer to ring up three of his 14 points off the bench for the Raps.

Things continue to go Toronto's way in the fourth quarter as Kyle Lowry hits the lay-up. He's on his way to 20 points, and the Raptors are on their way to cutting the gap in this series to 2-1.

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