LeBron James and Kyrie Irving starred again as the Cleveland Cavaliers coasted to their 10th straight playoffs win and take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Toronto Raptors, prevailing 108-89 at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 2.
James registered a triple-double – from 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds – and Kyrie Irving top-scored for the second straight game with 26 points in another one-sided defeat of the struggling Raptors.
The Cavaliers’ dominant 32-20 second quarter set up the victory, but the Raptors failed to outscore their oppressors during any of the four terms.
Kyle Lowry struggled again for Toronto, producing 4-for-14 shooting from the floor for the second game in a row. DeMar DeRozan attempted to hold the team together, mustering a team-high 22 points.
LeBron passed Shaquille O’Neal’s mark of 5,250 playoff points to climb to fourth on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, behind only Michael Jordan (5,987), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Kobe Bryant (5,640).
Game 3 on Sunday morning (AEST) sees the series head back to Toronto.