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Raptors finally give Cavaliers a challenge

DeMar DeRozan, looking for a lane around the Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith, has 32 points to lead the Raptors to victory in Game 3.

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DeMar DeRozan, looking for a lane around the Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith, has 32 points to lead the Raptors to victory in Game 3.

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan had 32 points, Bismack Biyombo set a Toronto playoff record with 26 rebounds and the Raptors beat Cleveland 99-84 Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their first loss this postseason.

Kyle Lowry scored 20, Cory Joseph 14 and Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll 10 each for the Raptors, who lost the first two games of the series in Cleveland by a combined 50 points.

"This was a must win for us," DeRozan said.

Biyombo tied Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon for the most rebounds in a playoff game since 1984. He had just three fewer than the Cavs' starting five.

In Toronto, where "We The North" is a rallying cry, a sell-out crowd dressed in red and white T-shirts helped its team improve to 7-2 at home in these playoffs.

LeBron James scored 24 and J.R. Smith had 22 for the Cavaliers. They won their first 10 playoff games and were trying to match the Lakers' record of 11 straight victories to begin a postseason. The Lakers did it in 1989 and again in 2001.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving scored 13 on 3-of-19 shooting, including just 1-of-7 on 3-pointers. He walked to the locker room in noticeable pain with about a minute left in the game, taking off his jersey and pointing to his chest. There was no immediate word on what happened to him.

Channing Frye scored 11 for Cleveland, which was held below 100 points for the first time in these playoffs.

It was a rough night for Cavs forward Kevin Love, who scored three, making just 1 of 9 shots.

With the Raptors ahead by eight, Biyombo scored six straight in the final quarter to put them up 91-77 at 3:38.

DeRozan scored 12 in the first but saw a buzzer-beating 3 waved off after video review.

James went down clutching his face after being accidentally elbowed by Thompson during a scuffle at center court late in the second quarter. Thompson and Joseph were given technicals on the play. James recovered to make a 3 in the final seconds, but Cleveland trailed 60-47 at halftime.

DeRozan scored 10 in the third and Joseph hit a buzzer-beating 3 to give the Raptors an 80-70 lead.

Raptors 99, Cavaliers 84

CLEVELAND (84): James 9-17 5-7 24, Love 1-9 0-0 3, T.Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Irving 3-19 6-6 13, Smith 7-16 2-2 22, Jefferson 2-4 1-1 5, J.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Frye 4-5 0-0 11, Mozgov 0-0 0-0 0, Dellavedova 0-4 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 0-0 3, Shumpert 1-2 0-0 3, D.Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-79 14-16 84.

TORONTO (99): Carroll 4-11 0-0 10, Scola 0-2 0-0 0, Biyombo 3-6 1-2 7, Lowry 7-13 2-2 20, DeRozan 12-24 8-9 32, Ross 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 1-2 0-0 3, Patterson 4-10 0-0 10, Joseph 6-10 0-0 14. Totals 38-83 11-13 99.

Cleveland 24 23 23 14— 84

Toronto 27 33 20 19— 99

3-Point GoalsCleveland 14-41 (Smith 6-15, Frye 3-4, Shumpert 1-1, Williams 1-2, Love 1-4, James 1-5, Irving 1-7, Dellavedova 0-1, Jefferson 0-2), Toronto 12-31 (Lowry 4-8, Joseph 2-3, Patterson 2-6, Carroll 2-7, Johnson 1-2, Ross 1-3, Scola 0-1, DeRozan 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 40 (James, T.Thompson 8), Toronto 54 (Biyombo 26). AssistsCleveland 15 (James 5), Toronto 15 (DeRozan 4). Total FoulsCleveland 10, Toronto 17. TechnicalsCleveland defensive three second, T.Thompson, J.Jones, Joseph. A20,207 (19,800).

WARRIORS-THUNDER: The Warriors' big men might be just as important as the Splash Brothers right now. "When the shot goes up, you can't be watching, looking for the rebound," Golden State forward Draymond Green said. The Thunder won the battle of the boards by eight in Game 1 of the West final and seized homecourt with a 108-102 win Monday. Golden State bounced back in Game 2 and outrebounded Oklahoma City by nine in a 118-91 victory Wednesday. The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 tonight.

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