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Cleveland Cavaliers have an off night as the Toronto Raptors take game three

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The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their first game of the 2015/16 playoffs as the Toronto Raptors bounced back in game three of their Eastern Conference Finals series to win 99-84. 

Boasting a 2-0 lead over the Raptors, and an impressive 10-0 record throughout their postseason campaign, the Cavaliers missed a golden opportunity to put the series to bed as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving struggled for any sort of rhythm. 

With the home court crowd behind them, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan showcased their All-Star talent, but it was Bismack Biyombo's contribution on the glass that stole the show in Canada as the big man finished with 26 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, to go with his seven points. 

Hosting their first-ever Conference Finals game in franchise history, Toronto got off to a strong start. Lowry found his stroke from behind the arc in the first quarter as he ended the game with 20 points, shooting 50 percent from downtown on his eight attempts.

Astonishingly, the home team's 27-24 lead was their first winning quarter of the series, highlighting Cleveland's complete dominance during the opening games at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Biyombo also had a huge night protecting his own rim as he finished with a game-high four blocks, including an impressive stuff on Irving in the second quarter that sent the Air Canada Centre crazy. 

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Three

At the other end, Corey Joseph nailed a three - one of his two on the night as he finished with 14 points - to put Toronto up by 12. DeRozan was the star in the first half as he scored 21 to hand the franchise north of the border a 13-point advantage at the interval.

Things got heated just before the break as Biyombo and Tristan Thompson went face-to-face. The Cleveland man accidently elbowed LeBron James in the jaw, leading to some theatrics from the four-time MVP. 

A double-technical was handed out to Thompson and Biyombo, while DeMarre Carroll was also punished, however, his was later rescinded.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Three

Cleveland went on a run in the third to cut the deficit down to five, but that was the closest they'd come to catching their opponents. Love's issues continued as he went 1-9 from the field, mustering just three points. The 27-year-old sat the entire fourth quarter. 

Irving's shooting percentage was just 15.8 percent from the field as he dropped 13 points. 

Biyombo took over in the fourth as Toronto iced out game three. He scored six of his points in the final 12 minutes, including two huge slam dunks.

There was a worrying sign for Cavs fans as Irving made a slow, uncomfortable walk back to the locker room, appearing to be carrying an injury. 

With the series now 2-1 in favour of Cleveland, game four takes place on Tuesday (1:30 am CET).

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Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
DeMar DeRozan

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