James scores 39 points as Cavs rout Raptors
There was no Game 2 comeback for the Toronto Raptors.
A rattled DeMar DeRozan, another sizzling three-point shooting night from Cleveland, and the Raptors dropped a 125-103 decision to the reigning
NBA champion Cavaliers. They’ll head back to Toronto down 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points to top Toronto, while Cory Joseph had 22 and Kyle Lowry shook off a sprained left ankle in the third quarter to finish with 20. Serge Ibaka added 16 points. DeRozan finished with just five points, and didn’t make a field goal until early in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had 39 points, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second all-time in postseason scoring, and now trails only Michael Jordan. Kyrie Irving added 22 for the Cavs, who made 18 of their 33 three-point attempts to Toronto’s five.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey had predicted more fight from his players in Game 2.