Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James scores 43 as Cavs take Game 2 over Raptors

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LeBron James of the Cavs is guarded by DeMar DeRozan and OG Anunoby of the Raptors (Getty Images)

After earning a gritty overtime win over the Raptors in Game 1 of the East semifinals, the Cavs won Game 2 in convincing fashion.

Cleveland's game plan of feeding the ball to Kevin Love early paid dividends in the long run. Love, who has struggled throughout the postseason, scored 10 first-quarter points and finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds for the night.

LeBron James was sensational, finishing with a game-high 43 points (on 19-of-28 shooting), a playoff career-best 14 assists and eight rebounds. The Cavs also benefited from the scoring of George Hill (13 points), J.R. Smith (15 points) and Jeff Green (14 points).

It was a tale of two halves as Toronto got off to a solid start behind Kyle Lowry's 18 first-half points. The Raptors took a two-point lead into the locker room, but Lowry scored just three second-half points to finish with 21 for the night. DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 24 points while the reserves contributed 42 points.

Cleveland's second-half surge was sparked by the play of James and the team's 3-point shooting (8-of-14 in the half). Toronto now heads to Cleveland down 0-2; the Raptors have an all-time postseason record of 0-5 at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Final: Cavs 128, Raptors 110

8:33 p.m. ET - Cleveland outscored the Raptors 67-47 in the second half en route to an 18-point victory. LeBron James finishes the night with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Cavs to a commanding 2-0 series lead.

8:20 p.m ET - LeBron James continues to knock down turnaround jumpers and now has 43 points on 19-of-27 shooting. Definitely a solid way to bounce back from a poor shooting night in Game 1.

8:15 p.m ET - The Raptors respond to the early run, but still trail by 13 with 7:09 remaining. Toronto desperately needs to string together a number of stops down the stretch.

8:05 p.m ET - Cleveland opens up the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to build an 16-point lead. LeBron James' total for the night is up to 35 and he is hitting some impressive turnaround jumpshots.

End of third quarter: Cavs 98, Raptors 87

7:59 p.m ET - Cleveland outscores the Raptors 37-24 in the third to take an 11-point lead into the final frame. LeBron James scored or assisted on 29 of the Cavs 37 third-quarter points. James now leads the way with 31 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Love has added 27 points and nine rebounds. Toronto will need a boost from Lowry and DeRozan, who combined to score six points in the third.

7:52 p.m ET - With just under four minutes remaining in the quarter, the Cavs hold on to a double-digit lead; it's 89-78 Cleveland with 3:50 to play.

7:42 p.m ET - Kevin Love knocks down a transition 3-pointer and now has 21 points on the night (2018 postseason high). On the next possession, a Love block on DeMar DeRozan's layup attempt leads to a George Hill fast-break layup. Cleveland is on an 18-5 run and leads 79-68 with 7:50 remaining in the third.

7:34 p.m ET - Cleveland opens the third quarter on an 8-0 run and Kyle Lowry picks up his fourth foul in the process. Dwane Casey calls for time as the Cavs lead 69-63 less than two minutes into the half.

Halftime: Raptors 63, Cavs 61

7:17 p.m ET - A LeBron James jumpshot with 1.3 seconds remaining cuts the deficit to two heading into the half. LeBron finishes the first half with 16 points and seven assists. Kevin Love and Kyle Lowry each scored a game-high 18 points in the first half. DeMar DeRozan added 11 points for the Raptors.

3-point shooting has made a difference, as the Raptors shot 7-of-14 from deep while Cleveland was 3-of-12 in the half.

Considering the game's pace, both teams have taken good care of the ball. The Raptors committed six turnovers while Cleveland committed just two.

Foul trouble could come back to haunt Toronto; Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry both have three fouls and three other Raptors (OG Anunoby, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan) have two.

7:13 p.m ET - Kyle Lowry picks up his third foul of the night with under a minute to play in the half. Lowry will sit with 18 first-half points; his foul trouble will be something to monitor in the second half.

7:06 p.m. ET - LeBron James and Kevin Love have really started to get going offensively. The duo has combined to score the Cavs last 13 points, but Toronto leads 61-53 with 2:25 left in the half.

7:00 p.m. ET - The Raptors are RED HOT from beyond the arc (6-of-12). A Fred VanVleet 3-pointer pushes the Toronto lead to nine and Tyronn Lue signals for a timeout. VanVleet has scored eight points in eight minutes off the bench and the Raptors lead 54-45 with 4:50 remaining in the half.

6:54 p.m. ET - Toronto begins the second quarter by hitting seven of its first eight shots to build a six point lead. The Raptors reserves have contributed 14 points so far and Kyle Lowry still hasn't missed.

End of first quarter: Raptors 29, Cavs 26

6:41 p.m. ET - Toronto takes a three-point lead into the second frame after a solid showing in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry got going early and finished with 10 first-quarter points. DeMar DeRozan scored nine in the first frame. The Cavs emphasis on featuring Kevin Love on offense has worked early - he has already surpassed his Game 1 scoring output with 10 points (4-of-9 shooting) in the first. LeBron James contributed four points before sitting for the final minutes of the quarter.

6:31 p.m. ET - Kyle Lowry is heating up! He's got 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field and there's 2:56 remaining in the first.

6:27 p.m. ET - Cleveland is looking to run its offense through Kevin Love early and often. The All-Star is 3-of-7 in the game's first eight minutes.

6:21 p.m. ET - The first timeout of the night comes under the seven-minute mark and the Raptors lead 12-10. Kyle Lowry leads the way with five early points.

5:22 p.m. ET - Toronto will roll out the same lineup to start tonight.

4:03 p.m. ET - Cleveland arrives to the Air Canada Centre. The matching suits are back once again.

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