But after the dust settled on Game 1, in which the Cavaliers won despite never leading during regulation, order has been restored in the East. James even admitted that his Game 1 performance was one of his worst of the season, and it wasn't hard to see why.
The biggest disparity in Game 1 came from the 3-point line as the Celtics shot 17-35 (48.6%) and the Sixers shot just 5-26 (19.2%). He stated that the team still has a long way to go and that this is only the ninth postseason game they have played together. The Raptors did shoot a terrific 54% from the field, however they were quiet in the second half and their weak defensive effort put the game out of reach.
3 - If it wasn't obvious following Game 1, head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that due to the emergence of Tristan Thompson off the bench, Larry Nance Jr.is now out of the rotation. "He had some good looks, they just didn't fall". LeBron is LeBron, and Game 3 is Saturday. "We understand where we're at, and we're going to fight".
The Cavaliers took command of the second-round series with a 128-110 victory over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday, James delivering an epic display to leave top-seeded Toronto facing an uphill battle to keep their National Basketball Association title hopes alive.
"I've always tried to do the best I can in, I guess, the area of willingness to sacrifice for this team and sometimes we're going to have a little bit of pushback and I think that's in some cases healthy", Love said. It was only the fifth time this season (regular season and playoffs), that the Sixers were held to fewer than 6 3-pointers in a game. That's what point we're at now.
The Cleveland Cavaliers outscored the Raptors 67-47 in the second half in their dominating game two road win on Thursday evening. "That's what we've done, through nine games we've improved".
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The Cavaliers scored the first eight points of the quarter to take a 69-63 lead. Love responded with his best game of the post-season, scoring 31 points and adding 11 rebounds. I know it's amusing to say, but I've had a lot of great looks and really uncharacteristic misses for me.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 21 points and eight assists to pace the top-seeded Raptors. "One thing you have is pride to go into Cleveland and play for pride".
By the end of the third quarter, he had already racked up 27.
It was a fairly close first half where the Raptors were the better team but the Cavaliers hung around.