LeBron James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors in Game 2

  • LeBron James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors in Game 2

LeBron James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors in Game 2

Not only that, but LeBron James continues to own Toronto.

The Raptors were embarrassed on Thursday, giving up 128 points to LeBron James and company in a game that was effectively over by the third quarter.

James took a lot of criticism for not rising to the occasion in that series, and he even admitted to sitting in his room for two weeks after the loss reflecting on his performance.

The series shifts to OH for Game 3 on Saturday night.

CAVALIERS: The 24 combined points by James and Love in the third matched Toronto's total for the quarter. James would fadeaway off one leg and make the basket anyway.

"That is why he is the best", said Cleveland's Kyle Korver.

"You keep it real", Casey said. "Incredible shots and unbelievable game".

James got 43 points and 14 assists to become the first NBA player to score over 30 points and 10 assists in 16 NBA Playoff games. He tied Oscar Robertson's playoff record of leading his team in points and assists in 10 straight playoff games and set the record for most 40-point, 10-assist playoff games.

"We will not put our guard down, I won't, so that will trickle down to everybody else", said James, who also had 14 assists and eight rebounds.

The Boston Celtics overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, while LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association playoffs on Thursday.

In the playoffs, Rozier has been at his best particularly in the fourth quarter, in which he has 56 points on 18-of-27 (66.7 per cent) shooting overall, including 13-of-20 (65.0 per cent) from deep, to go with 13 assists, 12 rebounds and no turnovers in 64 minutes.

"He had his three-[point shooting] going a little bit early but more importantly, he was just working in the paint, said James, who finished with 43 points".

"I know what I have to do now", James told Paul. A day earlier, Toronto coach Dwane Casey said he had no issue with Drake's antics, saying he wished all Raptors fans had the same passion as the three-time Grammy victor.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the 33-year-old was already in bed by 10pm in order to get a good night's sleep ahead of another gruelling series, following on from their triumph over the Indian Pacers last month. "I don't know what the history of down 0-2 is but one thing I do know is tonight wasn't us, how we normally play for longer periods of time".

As a psychologist once opined, you can wipe bad memories in your life but some stains never go away. The Raptors now travel to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 in the hopes of extending the series and returning to Toronto for a potential Game 5 on Wednesday.

Cleveland coach Tyrone Lue suggested his team's momentum started with the Game 7 win last Sunday over IN - a statement bounce-back victory after a 34-point loss IN Game 6. "We've been in tough situations before and sometimes when you're put in tough situations that's what brings the best out of you".