LeBron James registered a triple-double (23 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds, 3 steals) as the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Toronto Raptors 108-89 to assert a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday.
With the victory, the Cavaliers extended their postseason winning streak to 10 games – the best playoff winning streak since the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers who went 11-0 entering the finals. The Cavs also became the fourth team in playoff history to win 10 straight games – joining the 1989 Lakers, the 2001 Lakers and the 2012 San Antonio Spurs.
LeBron James en route his sixth straight final…
James is now two wins away from appearing in his sixth consecutive NBA finals. “I don’t think it feels like a streak. It feels like we won one game, we won the next game. We’ve taken one step at a time. We’ve tried to take care of business,” James said of his team’s undefeated run in the playoffs. |Final Box Score|
Meanwhile, James also moved past Shaquille O’Neal into fourth on the career playoff scoring list. “It always takes me back to my childhood and watching so many greats play the game of basketball and saying that I wish I could be a part of that. Or at times saying there was no way I could be a part of such a great league, no way,” James said when asked about surpassing Shaq.
Raptors remain confident…
Despite two humiliating defeats, Raptors coach Drew Casey isn’t ready to give up as the series moves to Toronto. “We’re not quitting. Everybody can bury us, but we’re not quitting. I refuse to believe that,” Casey said after the defeat.
Raptors star Kyle Lowry had another forgettable night, shooting 1/8 from deep for his 10 points. According to Lowry, the Raptors have the firepower to bounce back in Game 3. “I’m super confident. I missed countless 3s that I thought were good and that I made last series. That’s why I’m not down on myself. We’ve got a game on Saturday, and I know I’m going to be much more effective. Simple as that.
LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers are on a mission. Will they enter the finals on a 12-0 streak? Don’t bet against it.