Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

National Basketball Association players thoroughly enjoyed LeBron James destroying the Raptors

National Basketball Association players thoroughly enjoyed LeBron James destroying the Raptors

For the second straight game, LeBron James and the Cavaliers broke the Raptors' hearts. He was 5-for-5 when guarded by Miles and DeRozan, with an average shot distance of 3.2 feet away from the hoop, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.

"Love got going on us and that was a hard matchup for us", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

The Raps weren't great in this game, especially on the defensive end.

3 - If it wasn't obvious following Game 1, head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that due to the emergence of Tristan Thompson off the bench, Larry Nance now out of the rotation.

Sounds like a good combo for Games 3 and 4 in this series too.

Now all the pressure is on Toronto for Thursday night's Game 2 at Air Canada Centre, as DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry must avoid falling into an 0-2 series hole before the series shifts to Cleveland.

In the third quarter, LeBron took over and looked every bit the best player on the planet, leading an 18-5 surge to start the quarter. "We've been in tough situations before". The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home.

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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. That's what point we're at now.

The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors on Thursday, 128-110, in the second game of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The ugliness continued in the fourth, as the Cavs opened the quarter with a 7-0 run to take an 18-point lead. They shot 25-for-42 (58.5 percent) from the field and 7-for-14 (50 percent) from three-point range. I don't know what the history of down 0-2 is, but one thing I do know is (Thursday) wasn't us, how we normally play for longer periods of time. The Raptors were, frankly, road-kill on their home court.

Toronto led for most of Game 1 and had four chances to win the game in the fourth quarter before eventually losing in overtime.

Both teams head into this game with contrasting reasons to win Game 2. George Hill had 13 points, Jeff Green had 14 points off the bench and Cleveland took nearly no low-percentage shots (outside of James' contested fadeaways, which were high-percentage shots on Thursday). The nine-year veteran center only scored seven points in game one, and he is now posting 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in the playoffs.

James and the Cavaliers trailed by two at halftime, but won the third quarter 37-24 and never looked back.

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