Toronto slowly made a comeback with the different lineup, eventually tying the game with eight seconds to play before LeBron James hit a game victor at the buzzer. "A lot of teams have struggled here".
"We still got some work to do", he said. He sank a three-pointer to beat the Pacers as time expired in Game 5 of Cleveland's first-round series.
"You know he's going left", a dejected Kyle Lowry said afterwards. The only teams below them are Portland, Minnesota and San Antonio, all of which did not get out of the first round. "I've never been a part of that". "I wanted to get a chance to get a heave in".
But give them credit, because this was a game ready-made for an execution. Jeff Green switched onto him, using his length and athleticism to force DeRozan into tough shots. Kevin Love was fantastic in this game, with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Going forward, they either have to hope for LeBron to leave or accept the inevitable. And it's not just the one-legged, fadeaway bank shot that James practices.
Raptors in tough spot with rebuild almost impossibleThe Toronto Raptors still have at least two more games to play this season, but after what has happened so far against the Cleveland Cavaliers, i... And then, at the end, there will be LeBron James.
They said they needed to find themselves. "He's hit that a million times". James moved past Tony Parker (226) for the fifth-most games in postseason history.
James offered another precursor of what was to come prior to Game 3 and then elaborated after his game-winner. This was a shot that there would have been some questions as to why he chose to take that look had he missed it.
"I don't know what it was".
After entering the fourth quarter with a 14-point advantage, Cleveland slowly saw its lead slip away, with Raptors rookie OG Anunoby tying the game with a 3-point basket with 8.8 seconds left on the clock. The Raptors were also forced to go without DeRozan in the final minutes as Lowry carried Toronto offensively with 27 points.
Every time the Raptors pushed, James pushed back. They forced him off the court. I just want to be out there helping my team way more than anything. "That's a lie. Two points is not two points". "I'll explain it to you later".
"He has that edge", Cleveland coach Ty Lue said. Limiting James' production will be key in Saturday's contest. That wasn't two points. After some tight hugs, he was back atop the scorer's table - just like he was after his last-second three-pointer won Game 5 against IN in the previous series - and celebrated a win that was up for grabs.
"Listen, tie game, down one, whatever the case may be, I live for those moments", he added. He paused and recited the Pledge of Allegiance - well, he could have - and dunked just before the buzzer sounded.
"I've been doing it since I was six, seven, eight or maybe even younger".
It looked like the Sixers would get the last shot of regulation, but a disastrous JJ Redick turnover resulted in a Jaylen Brown layup with 1.7 seconds left to play.
"The level of difficulty of that shot, it was very hard", he said with a smile. "Don't try it at home".
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