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Cavs Take Commanding 2-0 Lead

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Cavs Take Commanding 2-0 Lead

The Toronto Raptors were badly outplayed in every phase of Monday’s game 1 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And on Wednesday night, things looked even worse as the Cavs took a commanding 2-0 lead defeating the Raptors 125-103.

LeBron James had 39 points on only 14 shots, added 6 rebounds as the Cavs demolished the Raptors in every phase of the game yet again. Cleveland connected on 18 three point field goals en route to their victory. The Cavaliers got out to a quick start again, going on a 19-9 run to start the game with Kevin Love scoring 7 of his 9 points during that span. Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas tried to keep Toronto in it. Lowry had 7 points on 3/4 shooting in the 1st quarter. While Valanciunas went 5/6 from the floor adding 10 points in the quarter.

Irving struggled throughout shooting 6/19 from the floor. He did end up with 22 points and dished out 11 assists, with 7 of them being kick-outs to a three-point shooter. Kyrie’s and Iman Shumpert’s back-to-back threes closed out the 1st half with a 62-48 lead. Shumpert finished with 14 points off the bench while shooting 75% from the floor.

With 5:48 left in the 3rd quarter, Tristan Thompson’s smooth dunk led to a Dwayne Casey timeout as Cleveland took a 85-65 lead, making it their biggest lead of the game up to this point.

With 7;50 left in the game, Channing Frye made 1 of his 5 trey’s aiding the Cavs most commanding lead of 110-81. He scored 18 to make up for Love’s quiet game.

Raptor’s Struggles

DeRozan struggled immensely, missing his first 9 shots. His first field goal didn’t occur until the Raptors ensuing possession of the 4th quarter. He finished 2/11 from the floor, scoring only 5 points. He’s struggled like this before in the playoffs, back in Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks in their 1st round matchup. He went 0-8 from the field, scoring only 8 points in their blowout loss in Milwaukee.

Ibaka added 16 points, Lowry ended up with 20 points and 5 dimes. Valanciunas scored a team high 23 points coming off the bench for Toronto. Casey’s lineup change inserting Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell in the starting lineup didn’t pan out, as they combined for 11 points.

Ultimately, The Cavaliers ball movement was too much for Toronto, as their defense has been non-existent up to this point. This will have to change, as game 3 will be in Toronto on Friday night.