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James scores 43 as Cavs beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2

TORONTO (AP) Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.

Maybe not the fadeaway jumpers James kept making, each seemingly with a higher degree of difficulty than the last, but he was sure there would be something.

''This morning you could just sense it,'' Love said. ''He knew what was at stake, he knew us getting another win here was going to be huge for us. He came out and he played that way from the jump. You could just sense that he was going to have a special night.''

James had 43 points and 14 assists, Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 128-110 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

James delivered the first 40-point, 14-assist game in NBA playoff history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He added eight rebounds, narrowly missing his second straight triple-double, and connected on 19 of 28 attempts in a performance so dominant that the beleaguered Raptors' city was being called ''LeBronto'' by the time the night was over.

''He got it going and he was feeling it,'' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

James, meanwhile, gave credit to Love, who shot 11 for 21 and missed matching his career playoff high by one point.

''It was great to see that performance out of him,'' James said. ''He's our All-Star power forward. That's a huge game for him.''

J.R. Smith scored 15 points, Jeff Green had 14 and George Hill 13 as the Cavaliers posted their eighth consecutive postseason victory over the Raptors and halted Toronto's four-game winning streak in Game 2s. The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home.

''Love got going on us and that was a difficult matchup for us,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. ''We have some matchup issues all over the court.''

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors. Toronto won a team-record 59 games and finished as the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference this season, but was easily shoved one step closer to a third straight postseason exit at the hands of James and the Cavs.

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.

Toronto matched Houston by going 34-7 at home in the regular season, and went 3-0 at home against Washington in round one. 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. Toronto has gone 0-5 at Cleveland over the past two postseasons, losing by an average margin of 24.2 points per game.

''Sometimes when you're put in tough situations, that's what brings the best out of you,'' DeRozan said. ''That's what point we're at now.''

Unfortunately for the Raptors, James insisted the Cavs aren't satisfied with their 2-0 lead.

''We will not let our guards down,'' James promised.

The Cavaliers, who tied a postseason low with three turnovers, are 21-3 at home against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs over the past four years.

The Raptors, who let a 10-point lead slip away in a 113-112 overtime loss in Game 1, 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.

''That's kind of what won the game for us,'' Lue said of Cleveland's big third quarter.

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.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: The 24 combined points by James and Love in the third matched Toronto's total for the quarter. ... The Cavaliers are 18-1 in playoff series when they win Game 1.

Raptors: Lowry made his first six shot attempts. ... Toronto made 11 turnovers and has 25 in the series, compared to nine by the Cavs. ... Lowry led Toronto with eight assists.

SERGE'S STRUGGLES

Serge Ibaka shot 0 for 5 and scored just two points in 12 minutes, and did not return after making a turnover and missing a shot in the first two minutes of the third. Ibaka has nine total points in the series so far.

''Serge hasn't been himself,'' Casey acknowledged. ''I don't know what it is.''

STAYING SILENT

After a pair of verbal confrontations with Cleveland's Kendrick Perkins in Game 1, rapper Drake stayed out of trouble in Game 2. Before the game, the NBA asked the Raptors to tell Drake to tone down his act. The three-time Grammy winner has been Toronto's global ambassador since 2013. Drake shook hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver when Silver passed by Drake's courtside seats to do a television interview in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:53   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:50   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
11:43   Backcourt turnover on DeMar DeRozan  
11:32   Kevin Love missed hook shot  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
11:27 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot 0-3
11:15   Personal foul on OG Anunoby  
11:04 +2 Kyle Korver made layup, assist by LeBron James 2-3
10:44   Serge Ibaka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:41   Team rebound  
10:25   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
10:14   Personal foul on Kyle Korver  
10:06   DeMar DeRozan missed jump shot  
10:04   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
9:55 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 4-3
9:48   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
9:47   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
9:39   Kevin Love missed layup, blocked by Jonas Valanciunas  
9:39   Team rebound  
9:36   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by OG Anunoby  
9:32 +2 Kyle Lowry made layup, assist by OG Anunoby 4-5
9:08 +2 Kevin Love made reverse layup, assist by J.R. Smith 6-5
8:57 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made turnaround jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 6-7
8:38 +2 George Hill made driving layup 8-7
8:30 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 8-9
8:30   Shooting foul on George Hill  
8:30 +1 DeMar DeRozan made free throw 8-10
8:17   George Hill missed driving layup  
8:15   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
8:04   Serge Ibaka missed floating jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
7:47 +2 Kevin Love made driving dunk, assist by Kyle Korver 10-10
7:27   DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:23   Jonas Valanciunas missed dunk  
7:23   Offensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
7:22   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
7:19 +2 OG Anunoby made finger-roll layup, assist by Serge Ibaka 10-12
6:58   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
6:46   LeBron James missed jump shot  
6:44   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
6:38 +2 DeMar DeRozan made driving layup 10-14
6:20   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
5:58   Jonas Valanciunas missed jump shot  
5:56   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
5:55   Serge Ibaka missed hook shot  
5:54   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
5:54   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
5:54 +1 Serge Ibaka made 1st of 2 free throws 10-15
5:54 +1 Serge Ibaka made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-16
5:36   J.R. Smith missed floating jump shot  
5:34   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
5:26   Offensive foul on Jonas Valanciunas  
5:26   Offensive foul on Jonas Valanciunas  
5:04 +2 Kevin Love made reverse layup 12-16
4:49 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 12-18
4:33 +2 Tristan Thompson made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 14-18
4:19 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 14-20
4:02   Shooting foul on OG Anunoby  
4:02 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 3 free throws 15-20
4:02   Team rebound  
4:02   LeBron James missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
4:02 +1 LeBron James made 3rd of 3 free throws 16-20
3:48 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot 16-23
3:33 +2 George Hill made driving layup 18-23
3:21 +2 Kyle Lowry made driving layup 18-25
3:13   Shooting foul on DeMar DeRozan  
3:13 +1 J.R. Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 19-25
3:13 +1 J.R. Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-25
2:56   Offensive foul on Pascal Siakam  
2:56   Offensive foul on Pascal Siakam  
2:32   Kevin Love missed hook shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
2:24 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 20-27
2:09   J.R. Smith missed floating jump shot  
2:08   Offensive rebound by J.R. Smith  
2:07 +2 J.R. Smith made floating jump shot 22-27
1:50   Delon Wright missed driving layup  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
1:41 +2 Kevin Love made layup, assist by George Hill 24-27
1:26   DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:25   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
1:14   Personal foul on Pascal Siakam  
1:14 +1 Kevin Love made 1st of 2 free throws 25-27
1:14 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-27
0:58 +2 DeMar DeRozan made driving dunk 26-29
0:39   Lost ball turnover on Rodney Hood, stolen by Jakob Poeltl  
0:37   Jumpball  
0:31   C.J. Miles missed reverse layup  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
0:10   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:08   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
0:01   DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40 +3 Delon Wright made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 26-32
11:22   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
11:16   Personal foul on Rodney Hood  
10:59 +2 Fred VanVleet made jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 26-34
10:39 +3 Jeff Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 29-34
10:21 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot 29-37
10:06   Rodney Hood missed floating jump shot  
10:04   Offensive rebound by Rodney Hood  
10:03   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
9:49   Fred VanVleet missed driving layup, blocked by Jeff Green  
9:48   Team rebound  
9:35 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 31-37
9:25   Personal foul on Jordan Clarkson  
9:20   Lost ball turnover on Delon Wright, stolen by Kyle Korver  
9:11   Jeff Green missed driving layup  
9:09   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:55 +2 Pascal Siakam made dunk, assist by Jakob Poeltl 31-39
8:36 +3 Jeff Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Korver 34-39
8:15 +2 Jakob Poeltl made jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 34-41
7:59   Shooting foul on Pascal Siakam  
7:59 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 35-41
7:59 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-41
7:42 +2 Jakob Poeltl made dunk, assist by Kyle Lowry 36-43
7:26 +2 Jeff Green made driving dunk, assist by George Hill 38-43
7:14 +2 Kyle Lowry made floating jump shot 38-45
7:14   Shooting foul on Jeff Green  
7:14 +1 Kyle Lowry made free throw 38-46
7:04   Shooting foul on Jakob Poeltl  
7:04 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 39-46
7:04 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-46
6:53 +2 Jakob Poeltl made driving layup 40-48
6:41   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
6:36 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 43-48
6:24   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
6:12 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jonas Valanciunas 43-51
5:53   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
5:44   Jonas Valanciunas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:40   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
5:33 +2 LeBron James made floating jump shot 45-51
5:19   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:10   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
4:53 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 45-54
4:36 +2 Kevin Love made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 47-54
4:13 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made layup, assist by DeMar DeRozan 47-56
3:54   Personal foul on Jonas Valanciunas  
3:50 +2 Kevin Love made dunk, assist by LeBron James 49-56
3:36   OG Anunoby missed reverse layup  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
3:24 +2 LeBron James made driving dunk, assist by Kevin Love 51-56
3:05 +3 OG Anunoby made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 51-59
2:39 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 53-59
2:31   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
2:31 +1 Kyle Lowry made 1st of 3 free throws 53-60
2:31 +1 Kyle Lowry made 2nd of 3 free throws 53-61
2:31   Kyle Lowry missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
2:28   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
2:06   LeBron James missed driving layup, blocked by C.J. Miles  
2:05   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
2:05 +2 George Hill made jump shot 55-61
2:05   Shooting foul on DeMar DeRozan  
2:05 +1 George Hill made free throw 56-61
1:46   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
1:38 +2 J.R. Smith made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 58-61
1:26   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Lowry  
1:03   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:01   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
0:59   LeBron James missed reverse layup  
0:58   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
0:50   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Lowry, stolen by J.R. Smith  
0:45   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
0:45   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:45 +1 Kevin Love made free throw 59-61
0:45   LeBron James missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:45   Team rebound  
0:45   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:43   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
0:30 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 59-63
0:30   Delay of game violation  
0:21   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:19   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
0:01 +2 LeBron James made jump shot 61-63
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:53   Lost ball turnover on Serge Ibaka, stolen by Kyle Korver  
11:38 +2 J.R. Smith made layup, assist by LeBron James 63-63
11:38   Shooting foul on DeMar DeRozan  
11:38 +1 J.R. Smith made free throw 64-63
11:26   Serge Ibaka missed jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
11:16 +2 LeBron James made jump shot 66-63
11:04   DeMar DeRozan missed floating jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
10:44   LeBron James missed jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
10:28   Offensive foul on Kyle Lowry  
10:28   Offensive foul on Kyle Lowry  
10:20 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 69-63
10:00 +2 Jonas Valanciunas made hook shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 69-65
9:44   Kevin Love missed fade-away jump shot  
9:42   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
9:34   Personal foul on LeBron James  
9:27   OG Anunoby missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:26   Team rebound  
9:10 +3 J.R. Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 72-65
8:56 +3 C.J. Miles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 72-68
8:34 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 74-68
8:34   Shooting foul on C.J. Miles  
8:34   LeBron James missed free throw  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Jonas Valanciunas  
8:20   Bad pass turnover on OG Anunoby, stolen by Kevin Love  
8:12 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 77-68
7:56   DeMar DeRozan missed driving layup, blocked by Kevin Love  
7:54   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
7:50 +2 George Hill made layup, assist by LeBron James 79-68
7:39 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 79-70
7:19 +2 Kevin Love made driving layup 81-70
7:09   DeMar DeRozan missed jump shot  
7:07   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:55   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Love  
6:55   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
6:39 +2 C.J. Miles made jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 81-72
6:16 +2 Kevin Love made hook shot 83-72
5:57 +2 Kyle Lowry made driving layup 83-74
5:57   Shooting foul on Kevin Love  
5:57 +1 Kyle Lowry made free throw 83-75
5:32   LeBron James missed driving layup  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
5:27   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
5:17   Personal foul on C.J. Miles  
5:05 +2 LeBron James made layup, assist by Kevin Love 85-75
4:56   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:53   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:47 +2 LeBron James made finger-roll layup 87-75
4:31   C.J. Miles missed turnaround jump shot  
4:29   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
4:17 +2 Kevin Love made layup, assist by LeBron James 89-75
3:57 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by C.J. Miles 89-78
3:50   Personal foul on C.J. Miles  
3:35 +2 LeBron James made jump shot 91-78
3:14 +3 C.J. Miles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 91-81
2:47 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 94-81
2:30   Delon Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
2:10 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 96-81
1:48 +2 Delon Wright made driving layup 96-83
1:21   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
1:04   Bad pass turnover on Delon Wright, stolen by LeBron James  
1:01 +2 George Hill made layup 98-83
0:46   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
0:46 +1 Jakob Poeltl made 1st of 2 free throws 98-84
0:46 +1 Jakob Poeltl made 2nd of 2 free throws 98-85
0:35   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:32   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
0:27 +2 DeMar DeRozan made driving layup 98-87
0:04   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl  
0:00   DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period