LeBron, Love Dismantle Raptors in Game 2

How Tristan Thompson’s fourth-quarter work on Jonas Valanciunas helped rally Cavaliers

James was at his irresistible best as the Cleveland Cavaliers won 128-110 in Toronto on Thursday night, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series against the Raptors and moving a step closer to reach a fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Final.

The Raptors contested 26 of James' 28 shots overall, but he made 17 of them.

LeBron James went wild in the second half helping the Cavs pull away from a two point halftime deficit.

LeBron finished the game with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. DeRozan scored 13 points on 14 shots, and Lowry managed just three points on three shots.

"I just want the team to get better every game", James said when comparing this Cavs side to previous ones. When Toronto's best players gave so much and still fell short, the Raptors have to wonder how much more should they ask?

James is averaging 34.4 points through nine playoff games, a pace second only to his 35.3-point average in 2009. "We understand where we at, and we're going to fight".

Toronto's defense on James and Love, who scored 31 in Game 2. "It's the first one to win four".

In Game 2, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue made a decision to stick with Love as the starting center, rather than moving him back to the power forward spot, his natural position.

So dominant was the three-times National Basketball Association champion at times during a stellar second half performance in Game Two of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, it looked nearly as if he was experimenting with hard shots just for the fun of it. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds. Back in 2011, the assistant coach charged with the task of coming up with a defensive scheme to slow down James was Dwane Casey, the current Toronto Raptors head coach. Toronto was an excellent regular season team and has several nice pieces in place around Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. "At the end of the day, myself, Kev [Love], J.R. [Smith] and Tristan [Thompson], we have to be as complete as we can be in order for us to have ultimate success".

Yes, as you might have known it here already, I am a LeBron diehard. It was a masterful performance from one of the game's all-time greats.

He led the Cavaliers to a 4-2 series win over the Raptors in the 2016 Eastern Conference finals as Cleveland went on to win their first championship, with Toronto then swept by the same opposition in the second round last campaign.

The Cavs shot 59 per cent on the night, including 73 per cent in the third quarter. His ability to post up creates a dilemma: guard him with one player and he gets to the rim; double-team him and risk him finding an open teammate for an uncontested shot.



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