LeBron James' epic game-winning shot began with Cavaliers coach Ty Lue's decision to take the ball out of bounds under the basket after a timeout instead of at halfcourt with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.
"Tie game, down one", James said. He is now averaging 35.7 points and 11 assists in the first three games of this series, shooting 53.6 percent from the field.
"It's amusing that you asked me that because I was just texting Vic [Oladipo], Darren Collison and Cory Joseph last night [after Game 2] and I said, 'Man, so they're just going to let Cleveland walk into the Eastern Conference Finals?"
But the Celtics showed their resilience again and continued to fight back to keep the game close thanks to some huge baskets from impressive rookie Jayson Tatum who led them with 24 points.
"I just want to be out there helping my team, way more than anything", DeRozan said after the game.
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"I ran out of words a while ago", said Kyle Korver. "We have had slippages this year and we weren't happy about them and we can't be having slippages at this point".
Toronto had their chances to get back in the series but failed to do so.
That first-half stretch was an inexplicable bit of play, and yet it was totally in keeping for the Raptors in this post-season. The cap numbers aren't pretty and there's no guarantee James bolts for a team in the West this summer.
Ujiri was incensed by a number of calls, and his frustration boiled over late in the second quarter when the referee crew of Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland and Josh Tiven overturned what had been a shooting foul drawn by Serge Ibaka to a foul on the ground. We're supposed to be out there right now.' We all understand that we lost the series and there were self-inflicted mistakes on our part. Now the question is whether he regroups to get Toronto back in the series or not.
However, he was released by the team as a necessary move to accommodate the abundance of new players the Cavs added in the offseason.
It was starting to feel like one of those games for the Toronto Raptors who were unable to make up ground until the fourth quarter. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Lowry took advantage of Kevin Love switching onto him - a switch Lue said he wanted, necessitated by Toronto's unconventional lineup - and the Cavs would clean that up for Game 4. Over the last 15 games of the regular season, the Raptors were 13th in defensive rating, a period over which they went just 9-6.