National Basketball Association players react to another epic performance from LeBron James

How Tristan Thompson’s fourth-quarter work on Jonas Valanciunas helped rally Cavaliers

He was 5-for-5 when guarded by Miles and DeRozan, with an average shot distance of 3.2 feet away from the hoop, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. It was only once they got into the fourth quarter that things started to turn sour for them. Again. The only person on the sideline who spent as much time on his butt was the Raptors global ambassador, Drake, who barely fidgeted in his seat (let alone stand and preen) after that silliness with Kendrick Perkins in Game 1.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said that Love's pace helped spread the floor.

Raptors just a pretender, James too good?

Game 3 is set for Saturday in Cleveland (8:30 p.m. ET on ABC), and the National Basketball Association world will once again be watching to see what James can do for an encore. It (luckily) hasn't been a big deal so far, but one (or preferably both) will have to get in some sort of groove offensively going forward, especially as the Cavs go deeper into the postseason. Something is going to have to change quickly for that not to happen, after Cleveland outscored Toronto 37-24 in the third quarter, including going 5-for-8 from three-point range after going just 3-for-12 in the entire first half. "We've been in tough situations before, and sometimes when you're put in tough situations that's what brings the best out in you". While it isn't unheard of for Carter to turn to Twitter whenever James had himself a monster of a game, it was especially amusing on Thursday because LeBron was so beastly that he was almost anointed King of the North.

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Meanwhile, James and the Cavs have taken a 2-0 lead in a series 21 times and have gone on to win all of them. That's what point we're at now.

In the two games in Toronto, James has 69 points, 19 rebounds and 27 assists and is plus-25 on the court. In 2016, Cleveland beat Toronto in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals before sweeping the Raptors in last year's conference semifinals.

The ugliness continued in the fourth, as the Cavs opened the quarter with a 7-0 run to take an 18-point lead. "I don't know what it is". JR Smith scored 15, George Hill chipped in 13 and Jeff Green came off the bench to contribute 14 as the Cavs extended their post-season dominance of the Raptors. In eight playoff games this season, Horford has already scored more than 20 points four times - including matching his playoff career-high of 26 points twice.

Lowry couldn't miss in the first quarter, going a ideal 4-for-4 including a pair of threes for 10 points in the frame. Of the Cavaliers' last dozen buckets in that decisive third, five were scored by James.

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