LeBron scores 39, Cavaliers rout Raptors 125-103 in Game 2
16:23, May 4, 2017
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LeBron James lifted his Cavalaiers to a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night in Cleveland.
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"Play close attention to him, not let him get in a rhythm, get in a groove". "They're playing extremely well". Star guard James Harden contributed 20 points, 14 assists and four steals in the opener and downplayed the large margin of victory. DeMar DeRozan was the main guy who struggled, scoring just five points on 2-11 shooting. "I didn't get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it's pretty cool".
"I'm just going to go out there and be myself, whether I have zero assists or 10 assists", he added.
Along with James, who moved into second place on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list with his Game 2 performance, the Cavaliers got double-figure scoring production from point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Iman Shumpert and power forward Channing Frye.
The Cavs outscored the Raptors by 39 points from 3-point range, making 18 3s to Toronto's five. You can listen to Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers live stream as well as all of the other 2017 NBA Playoffs games by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99. Two days after setting a personal best for the most assists in a playoff game, Irving reset the mark with 11 assists in 30 minutes.
As an assistant coach with Seattle, Casey recalled urging his players not to bow to His Airness. "We were not ready or attentive, and they were inspired - they played great". "But our anticipation, our level of force has another gear to go to that we didn't display". "We take our butt-whooping and go home". Lowry had half-joked on Wednesday morning that if a team shot 100 per cent, "I'm sure you are going to win the game", and the Cavs acted like they heard and made a decision to give it a try. There are things we can do better to take away that feeling, Casey said.
But James and the Cavs threw the first swing. The Raps are 0-5 when DeRozan is held under 10 points.
"Yeah, we have home in front of us". Not surprisingly because the next player or coach to say publicly a series is over before it's over will be the first. "Or do something better". "To lose like we did and to play like I did, it sucks". "I'm just playing in my comfort zone and I know what they want to take away".
Lowry, who came down awkwardly with Norman Powell under that basket, said his ankle was still hurting after the game. Lowry was down on the court for several minutes before limping to the locker-room, but returned moments later, driving to the hoop for a layup. The two didn't play as bad as their reputation would claim, but they weren't at the top of their game, and the Cavs went on to win their first championship ever.
Cleveland's defensive game plan to double-team and trap DeRozan has worked to a charm. A Cleveland fan stood and gave him a mocking slow clap. His quiet 19 points Monday were more than eight under his regular-season average, and probably well below what the Raptors need to have a shot in the series. I'm going to stop paying your damn fines.' But yeah, he don't have to worry about it.