The Cleveland Cavaliers at home demolished the Toronto Raptors 125-103 in game-two of the second round in the playoffs. The Cavaliers take a 2-0 lead in the series and have now won six straight playoff games. LeBron James led all scorers with 39 points on 10 of 14 from the field, including six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and blocked two shots. James has played outstanding in the playoffs so far. Kyrie Irving posted a double-double with 22 points on merely 6 of 19 from the field, dished out 11 assists, stripped away two steals, and buried three triples.
Tristan Thompson put up nine points on 4 of 5 from the field, and grabbed nine rebounds. Kevin Love amassed nine points on 4 of 9 from the floor, and pulled down seven rebounds. Channing Frye added 18 points on 6 of 9 from the field, gathered five rebounds, and made five three-pointers off the bench. Iman Shumpert contributed 14 points on 6 of 8 from the floor, and picked up six rebounds off the pine. Deron Williams compiled five points on 2 of 3 from the field, and gave out five assists off the bench.
The Cavaliers shot a solid 54.7 percent from the field, and shot 54.5 percent on 18 of 33 from three-point range. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 16 turnovers, but they were shooting so well from the field. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 29 points in this game. The Cavaliers have won pretty easily in their last two playoff games against the Raptors. The Cavaliers have played on top of their game, and they have taken care of business in the playoffs so far.
For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry led the way with 20 points on 7 of 12 from the field, and handed out five assists. Meanwhile, Lowry left the game at the end of the third quarter with an ankle injury. Serge Ibaka dumped in 16 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, and snatched five rebounds. Norman Powell finished with eight points on 3 of 6 from the field, and grabbed five rebounds.
Jonas Valanciunas totaled 23 points on 10 of 13 from the field, and collected five rebounds in 20 minutes off the pine. Cory Joseph logged 22 points on 9 of 14 from the floor, and nabbed six rebounds off the bench. DeMar DeRozan had a poor shooting night as he scored five points and shot 2 of 11 from the field.
The Raptors shot 46.7 percent from the field, and shot 29.4 percent on 5 of 17 behind the three-point line. The Raptors out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 50 to 32. The Raptors just could not get stops on defense, and the Cavaliers were simply on fire. The Raptors are going to have to play better defense to have a chance to beat the Cavaliers. The Raptors will play at home in game-three against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game three is a must win for the Raptors to even have a chance to come-back and win the series.
“They’re defending champs and that’s what they look like right now,” Lowry said.