But James made a jumper just before the half when the Raptors backed off of him and challenged him to shoot.
"It's just salt, it's salt in the wound", said National Basketball Association analyst and Toronto native Tas Melas. "I just think there's ways to get over things, and all it takes is seeing the ball go through the hoop sometimes, and whatever ailments you're dealing with, you just have to fight through it because the team, we need everybody". The answer: zero... until last night, when LeBron James would torture the Toronto Raptors once again. Cleveland was without a handful of injured players as well as Coach Tyronn Lue (illness).
The Raptors went into the game 6-1 all-time in playoff Game 2's at home, winners of four straight of those games. "He's our All-Star power forward, and it was a huge game for him".
In the two games in Toronto, James has 69 points, 19 rebounds and 27 assists and is plus-25 on the court. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game.
"We thrive off adversity".
DeRozan paced the Raptors with 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 21.
Toronto is the No. 1 seed in the East, winning 59 games during the regular season compared to the 50 games won by the No. 4 seed Cavaliers.
J.R. Smith scored six of his 15 points during an 18-5 spurt to start the second half. The Raptors have a major disadvantage heading into Game 3 after dropping their first two games at the Air Canada Centre.
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The 76ers will try to right the ship as the series shifts to Philadelphia for games three and four, but the Celtics have never lost a best-of-seven series in which the led 2-0.
The Raptors lost both playoff games in Cleveland previous year and all three in 2016 - none of the five were close. "We've been in tough situations before". "That's what point we're at now".
The Raptors contested 26 of James' 28 shots overall, but he made 17 of them. We will not put our guards down, I won't, so that will trickle down to everybody else.
Toronto couldn't counter and Cleveland continued cutting the Raptors to bits and pieces in the fourth en route to an unbelievable 128-110 triumph for an unlikely 2-0 Cavs lead. "It's a big win for us". After 36 minutes 98:87.
The Toronto Raptors had a 63-61 lead at halftime.
I just don't foresee the Raptors being able to turn the tide and make this third time the charm. Ibaka has nine points in the series. "I don't know what it is". Drake shook hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver when Silver passed by Drake's courtside seats to do a television interview in the second quarter. Jonas Valanciunas recorded another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
"When he retires, that's what you admire what he's done", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey.
Turnovers: 3 (Hood, James, Love).
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