The NBA playoffs have been anything but amazingly tough through the first round. As the second round continues, strong teams keep taking on an upward trajectory. Cleveland Cavaliers took the command against Toronto Raptors in game 2, thanks to LeBron James’ another epic show on Thursday. James had reportedly got nine hours of sleep and was doing almost nonstop recovery methods before the game.
Lebron scores 43 points to help Cavs take a command over Raptors
#Cavs make in 9 straight Playoff wins vs. TOR – take commanding 2-0 series lead after thoroughly smushing Raptors, 128-110; outscore TOR, 67-48, after H; commit just 3 T.O.; CLE, 60%FG, 11-26 3ptFG | TOR, 54%FG, 12-30 3ptFG: for #Cavs: @KingJames, 43pts, 19-28FG, 14asst, 8reb. pic.twitter.com/Ohf1LJjzpT
— Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG) May 4, 2018
Toronto had a close and well-played first half, leading with 63-61 at the break. the Cavaliers simply pushed them out of the gym in the second half thanks to a spectacular performance by LeBron. “King” James came in the second half on fire, hitting jumper after jumper no matter what the Raptors did defensively. “The LeBron James Show” got Toronto defenders frozen.
He finished the game with 43 points, eight rebounds, and 14 assists. By doing so, Lebron has an NBA record 4 playoff games with at least 40p, 10a. Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West each had 3 such games, according to NBA stats.
LeBron James erupted for 43 PTS, 14 AST, 8 REB to fuel the @cavs Game 2 road win! LBJ has an NBA record 4 playoff games with at least 40p, 10a. Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West each had 3 such games. #SAPStatLineOfTheNight pic.twitter.com/mDyuNvraGn
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 4, 2018
Kevin Love also stepped up with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Cleveland also benefited from the scoring of George Hill (13 points), J.R. Smith (15 points) and Jeff Green (14 points). DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry put up 29 of their own for Toronto. And their side ended the game with a 110-128 loss, looking forward to game 3 on Saturday.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 4, 2018