The Cleveland Cavaliers' unbeaten run in the playoffs came to an end in Toronto as the Raptors ended their 10-game winning streak with a 99-84 win in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The victory allowed the Canadian outfit to reduce the series deficit to 2-1 as they prepare for tonight's game four at the Air Canada Centre.
The Cavs endured their worst shooting night of the postseason and it was a particular struggle throughout the encounter for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
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The duo combined to go 4-of-28 from the field after both having impressive playoff outings up until that point, which culminated in the team's long unbeaten stretch.
LeBron James carried the load for his team and led them in scoring with 24 points as he tried to will them to a victory despite the struggles of his fellow stars.
Even though he was the only member of the big three to get it going offensively, James took just 17 shots and head coach Tyronn Lue regrets not running more plays for the King to give themselves the best chance to win.
"I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said Sunday. "I think we continued to run plays that had been effective and working throughout the course of this series, knowing that Kyrie and Kevin could get going at any time. I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me."
The four-time MVP is averaging a career-low 23.5 points in the playoffs and much of that is due to Irving and Love making valuable contributions offensively allowing LeBron to be as much of a facilitator than a scorer.
James is the best passer in the team and is comfortable with the ball in his hands making plays for his teammates, but in some situations he understands he needs to take over and look for his own offence.
"It's always a fine line, for sure. Obviously the ball, as far as me initiating offence, I don't handle it as much," James said. "With Kyrie kind of setting the offense and then [Matthew Dellavedova] coming in, the ball has kind of been taken out of my hands a little bit.
"I'm OK with that. But there is a point in time where some of the guys are not going, maybe let me see if I can get it going. But last night just didn't happen that way. We'll have a better game plan going into Game 4."
Kyrie and K-Love were rolling and playing at a very high level before the defeat on Saturday so it would be foolish to overreact to one bad game.
It was Cleveland's first defeat in the postseason with the big three on the court and the first time they face adversity together on this stage.
"We can't lose confidence in those guys; they helped us get to this point," James said. "We understand that in order for us to win every single night, we have to have our guys play well. It doesn't mean the ball is going to go in all the time, but we can't not go away from them just because it's not going in."
You can expect to see Lue run plays for both Irving and Love in game four to get them going, it'll be up to them to repay their coach's faith and restore the Wine and Gold's advantage in this series.