Same thing there - Cleveland blew the lead but won the game. Kevin Love added a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds and Kyle Korver chipped in with 18 points.
The Pelicans, then a vastly different team, were swept in four games by Golden State.
"Unbelievable play. He did it again". They've improved on their postseason disappointments, and with some perspective, we might even remember this five-year playoff run as somewhat improbable.
"So the level of difficulty of that shot, it is very hard". "Don't try it at home".
They played suffocating defense and hounded Warriors guard Stephen Curry, perhaps a bit exhausted in his second game back from a five-week rehab of his strained left knee, into a quiet 19-point shooting night; guard Rajon Rondo dished out a franchise-playoff-record 21 assists and pushed the pace as the Pelicans built a 25-point lead; and forward Anthony Davis scored 33 points by using an array of inside and outside moves to keep the Warriors on their heels. "I just want to be out there helping my team, way more than anything". "That's way more time than I needed. We fought hard and gave ourselves a chance to win".
It was yet another stake driven into the heart of the Raptors by James, who has tortured this franchise to the point he might start being detained at the border.
"'Cause we got a closer", he said, with zero hesitation. "Every big shot that he makes is going left". It was James' fifth career playoff game-winning buzzer-beater, including the second one this postseason (4/25/18 vs. IND). To put that number in perspective, that's more walk-off shots in the playoffs than Michael Jordan (3) and Kobe Bryant (1) lay claim to combined.
At practice Sunday after another disappointing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwane Casey was asked about his benching of DeMar DeRozan in Game 3.
We The North? He The North.
"Fight", Lowry said when asked what's next.
This has definitely been one of the craziest seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They're a good team, No. 1 in the East, so they're going to score the basketball.
In his last three home games, James has made two last-second shots and scored 45 points in a win-or-else Game 7. In Game 3, the Raptors knocked down 46.7 percent from the field and went 13 of 33 from beyond the arc. James finished with 38 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the win. Jeff Green's layup just before the horn made it 55-40 and an incensed Casey, his suit coat flying open and his tie jumping off his chest, stormed off the floor.
In the closing minutes, Ibaka was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean block on James. "It still came down to a running, bank-shot, game-winner by LeBron".
Desperate to find something, anything, to slow down the Cavs, Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 3.