James, Cavs humble Rap­tors

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LORI EWING

CLEVE­LAND — 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 Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion 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 third-quar­ter in­jury 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 post-sea­son 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.

Yet, it was more of the same. De­spite in­sert­ing Norman Pow­ell and Pa­trick Pat­ter­son into the start­ing lineup to push the pace, the Rap­tors man­aged to dig them­selves an early hole any­ways. They man­aged to cut the Cavs’ lead to sin­gle dig­its in the sec­ond quar­ter, but by the time Irv­ing scored on a driv­ing bank shot late in the third quar­ter, Cleve­land waltzed into the fourth with a 9973 ad­van­tage.

The Cavs twisted the knife in the fourth, tak­ing a 30-point lead with 9:32 to play on a three-pointer from Chan­ning Frye. Casey went to his bench soon after.

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Cavs’ LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Toronto Rap­tors on Wed­nes­day in Cleve­land. James had 39 points.

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