The biggest factors that decided Game 2 of Raptors vs. Cavaliers


The biggest factors that decided Game 2 of Raptors vs. Cavaliers

The account in a series 2:0.

Cleveland have eliminated Toronto from the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, including a sweep in the second round a year ago.

The Raptors got off to a decent start and led by as many as nine points at one point during the second quarter but they also struggled defensively and limped into the half leading by just two points over a Cavaliers team that were smelling blood.

Even ESPN got in on the joke, telling viewers they would be coming back to LeBronto as it cut to a commercial after a third quarter that saw Toronto outscored 37-24 as the Cavs shot.727 from the field.

In the fourth, James closed the door entirely, putting on an exhibition from midrange with a series of unguardable daggers.

LeBron ended the game with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds, becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to record at least 40 points and 14 assists in a post-season game and becoming the only player to have at least 40 points and 10 assists in four playoffs games.

DeMar DeRozan finished with 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 21 for the Raptors, who are back in action on Saturday.

The situation certainly looked dire for Celtics earlier, as it trailed 48-26 with a little more than six minutes remaining before halftime.

It was Love's first 30-point outing since Christmas and he also went a ideal 7-for-7 at the free throw line after not taking a single attempt in the previous three contests.

Love said that he had a feeling before Thursday's game that James would produce something special. He was the reason the Cavaliers are up 2-0 in this second-round series against Toronto.

Lowry finished with 21 points on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting but most of his points came during a hot first half.

After giving away Game One via a 113-112 overtime thriller, the Raptors turned in a phenomenal Game Two performance in which they shot 54.3 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.

As mentioned, the Cavaliers had five players score in double-digits on Thursday night and will be looking for a similar all-around performance on Saturday in Game 3.

James scored 27 points on 13-of-19 shooting in the second half while taking over the contest.

It took Cleveland Cavaliers start LeBron James a long time and a lot of work to get to where he is today as the NBA's best player and arguably the best player of all time. The 76ers were led by JJ Redick (23 points), Robert Covington (22) and Joel Embiid (20).

This seems to be a theme with Flair, who was confident heading into the series...

The good times continued to roll for the Celtics in the third quarter.

The lead grew to 76-68 on a baseline dunk by Tatum that capped a 50-20 Celtics run.

On a night #LeBronto was trending on Twitter, LeBron burst the Raptors' figurative balloon in a game-turning fourth quarter. It took less than a minute to make an impact. It's the first team to win four.

After every game in the opening round, everyone was clamoring for someone to step up.

The Raptors, seeded first in the East for the first time, thought things would be different this season.



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