Cleveland, Ohio, USA: LeBron James drilled the tissot buzzer-beater, off the glass, to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-103 win and a 3-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series – Saturday night. LeBron James is the only player over the last 15 postseasons with multiple buzzer-beaters in a single postseason.
After the Raptors tied it on rookie OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with eight seconds left, James took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the floor and rose off the floor on the left side of the basket just feet from Toronto’s bench.
James moved past Tony Parker (226) for the fifth-most games in postseason history. Derek Fisher (259) is the all-time leader, followed by Tim Duncan (251), Robert Horry (244) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (237).
James finished with 38 points, Kevin Love added 21 and 16 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored 18 for the Cavs, who have won nine straight postseason games over the Raptors and may sweep them for the second straight year.
Kyle Lowry scored 27 for Toronto, which clawed back in the fourth quarter while All-Star DeMar DeRozan was on the bench.
James is 11-2 against Toronto in the past three postseasons.
Game 4 is Monday night in Cleveland. Of the 129 teams in NBA history to fall behind 3-0, none has come back to win.
Toronto has gone 0-6 at Cleveland over the past two postseasons.
The Cavaliers are now 22-3 at home against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs over the past four years.
Michael Jordan had 4 Buzzer beating game winners in the playoffs, LeBron James has 6 so far.