Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Raptors two games down after blowout loss to Cavaliers

Raptors two games down after blowout loss to Cavaliers

The Cavs have now won eight consecutive playoff games against the Raptors dating to 2016 and have won five straight at Air Canada Centre.

Prior to the start of the 2017-18 NBA Season, it was widely assumed that the Boston Celtics would likely meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Raptors shot 60 percent in the first half and had a two-point lead.

The Pelicans kept it close in game two, but the Warriors rode the emotional wave of Stephen Curry's return (28 points in 27 minutes) to dispatch the Pelicans.

For the second straight game, LeBron James and Cavaliers broke Raptors' hearts.

The Toronto Raptors started the game as the better team by a whisker, but Cleveland took the game into their control in the 3rd quarter and never relinquished the lead, shooting up to a lead of as many as 23 points in the 4th quarter.

'We thrive off adversity, every single guy on this team, ' said Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who had a team-high 24 points. It added up to the fourth 40-point game James has had in this postseason, which ties his career high for such games in the playoffs.

The Cavs shot 59 per cent on the night, including 73 per cent in the third quarter.

"When you play a Game 7 on your home floor and you have the best player in the world, you like your chances", said Lue.

With the way both teams are playing two games into the series, it is hard to imagine the Cavaliers failing to lock up a spot in the Conference Finals for the fourth year in a row. He came out, and he played that way from the jump. He finished with 12 minutes, six rebounds, one assist and was 0-for-5 from the field. But James made a jumper just before the half when the Raptors backed off of him and challenged him to shoot. With the pieces, the Celtics added and LeBron James still on the Cavs, it was the logical conclusion. I know it's amusing to say, but I've had a lot of great looks and really uncharacteristic misses for me. "We'll find some answers, whether we change the lineup, whatever it is, to keep the offence moving, keep the game moving, and keep the pace going". "That was only the second quarter, and we knew the game was far from over", Jayson Tatum told TNT about the comeback. The Congolese big man had just two free throws, and shot 0-for-5. "But I respect Ty, I love Ty and I think it's good for [both of] us". Sure, the Cavs swept them last season but this year Toronto is the number one seed and the Cavaliers barely beat the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

For his part, James said he and his team mate were not about to get complacent even though they are heading home with a comfortable series lead.

"One thing you have is pride", Casey said. "We all got to be locked in one stream together defensively, understanding how we can help".

JR Smith followed up his 20-point effort in Game 1 with a 15-point performance on Thursday night - going 5-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long-range. James missed at the buzzer, sending the game into extra time. "I really thought OG (Anunoby) played him as tough as you possibly could, and the couple times we did double-team him, he's such a great passer that you're going to give up a three versus 13 non-paint twos". Even playing at home, Pelicans might not have enough firepower to keep up with the defending National Basketball Association champion.

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