Toronto, Ontario, Canada: LeBron James and Kevin Love put on a show in Toronto, Thursday, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 128-110 for a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
LeBron James narrowly missed second straight triple-double, finishing with 43 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, and 1 steal. Kevin Love added 31 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.
Smith, Green and Hill also finished in double digits for the Cavs:
J.R. Smith : 15 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Jeff Green : 14 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 block
George Hill : 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
LeBron James connected on 19 of 28 attempts, while Love shot 11 for 21.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points, but the Raptors lost back-to-back home games for the first time all season.
The Raptors were up 54-45 midway through the second quarter but saw their lead dwindle to 63-61 at halftime.
Cleveland took control as Smith scored six points in an 18-5 spurt to begin the third quarter. The Cavs outscored the Raptors 37-24 in the third to take an 11-point edge into the fourth, and Toronto didn’t challenge again.
Lowry made all four of his field goal attempts in the first and scored 10 points as Toronto led 29-26. Love scored 10 points for Cleveland in the first, while James had just four points and two shots in the opening quarter.
The Raptors connected on 13 of 18 attempts in the second quarter, overcoming 12 points by James.
James was on target in Cleveland’s game-changing third quarter, connecting on seven of 10 attempts and scoring 15 points. Love added nine as the Cavs took a 98-87 lead to the fourth.
The Raptors had not lost consecutive home games since dropping Games 3 and 4 of the second round to Cleveland last May.
The series shifts to Ohio for Game 3 on Saturday night at 8.30 pm. Toronto has gone 0-5 at Cleveland over the past two postseasons, losing by an average margin of 24.2 points per game.
The Cavaliers are 21-3 at home against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs over the past four years.