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NBA Playoffs: Love's 25 points help Cavaliers take 3-2 series lead


05-26-2016 16:02 BJT

To the NBA Playoffs, and Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Left for dead by pundits after opening the series with back to back blowout losses, Canada's Only Team rebounded to tie the showdown at 2-2.

That left the Cavs dealing with all kinds of theories about what went wrong, and wondering what their Big Three would do to right the ship, especially Kevin Love.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 56 points in Game Three, while Love was limited to 10 and sat out the fourth quarter. But he shows that he's back on track here, as the turnaround jumper bounces in, and the home team leads by eight in the first quarter.

Cleveland 116 - Toronto 78

Cleveland 116 - Toronto 78

LeBron and Matthew Dellavedova then play some 2-on-3 before LBJ finishes with the catch and shoot, as the Cavs exploit a defensive mismatch, and boosts their lead to 21.

T-Dot tries to battle back as Kyle Lowry finds Bismack Biyombo for the bucket and-one, but the Raps trail by a lot.

The mix-up between DeMar DeRozan and Lowry then leads to a steal by Irving, and a dunk by James, as the spread continues to get bigger. James with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists on the night.

Cleveland's dominance continues late in the second Q, as Matthew Dellavedova finds Love for the stop and pop three-ball. Love running the floor in perfect rhythm, en route to a pouring in game-high 25 points.

More bad ballhandling by Lowry after half-time, as Irving snatches the rock, and he would get three the old fashioned way. The Cavaliers floor general on his way to a 23-point evening.

Everything going Cleveland's way, as Jason Thompson blocks Richard Jefferson, but Timofey Mozgov gets the putback. The Cavs win big, and lead the series three games to two.

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