LeBron passes Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on playoff scoring list

LeBron passes Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on playoff scoring list

LeBron passes Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on playoff scoring list

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against the Toronto Raptors' Cory Joseph during the second quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He did his best to keep Toronto in the game through three quarters, scoring a game-high 37 points. Toronto was blown out for the fifth straight time in Cleveland in the playoffs, losing each by an average of 24.2 points.

First, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was so flustered after James put up 39 points (and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second in playoff scoring all time) in a 125-103 Cleveland win on Wednesday night, that he was ready to hand over cash. He's taking the challenge, so we just want to continue to do that.

DeMar DeRozan was once again disappointing as he scored just five points on two of 11 shooting while Patrick Patterson had just three points so coach Casey will surely make some adjustments to hopefully free up DeRozan who faced double-teams practically the whole game. They scored just three points through the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.

Luckily for Toronto, they get to go home for a couple of games to get this off of their minds. The same can be said for Tristan Thompson, as Cleveland has a team-worst net rating of -40.4 when he's Saturday. "But next guy, everybody else has to do something a little bit more to fill whatever void it is he can't fully do out there on the court".

"It was definitely nice to get some shots and to knock them down", he said.

With a 2-0 lead heading into Friday night's Game 3, the defending champions have all but punched their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals.

"When we lost by (31) here previous year, everyone knocked us and said it was over with", Casey said. Despite committing five turnovers, James was impactful in all facets of play, as he handed out seven assists and pulled down eight rebounds. Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue opted for a lineup featuring LeBron, Korver, Thompson, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert, and he naturally stuck with it given how they took over the game on both ends of the floor. Norman Powell made Toronto's first 3-pointer with 3:09 in the third quarter - the Raptors were 0-of-12 up to that point.

"He's playing well", Casey said. The Cavaliers tied the game at 60 on Love's 3-pointer with 7:13 to play in the third. "It's tough to win a game when you only make two 3-pointers". He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warmups but hobbled back to the locker room before the anthems. "He was limping badly". "He just couldn't go".

By an unofficial count, the Toronto Raptors franchise record for consecutive playoff games without an existential question about the future of the team stands at three.

"It sucks", DeRozan said, per ESPN.

James's hijinks were the topic of an ESPN basketball panel, which compiled a montage of similar LeBron incidents, including a game this season in NY where the Cavs star appeared so bored he was playing the "water-bottle challenge" while on the bench.

"We got stops and Kyle (Korver) got hot", was how LeBron explained the fourth quarter.

The Raptors missed their first 12 shots from 3-point range before Powell connected with 3:09 left in the third.

Serge Ibaka jumped out at Korver coming around the screen because of the threat of the 3, and Korver immediately found Tristan Thompson on the roll with a mismatch against P.J. Tucker in the post. The Cavs also dominated the boards in this game, outrebounding the Raptors 49-25.

The Spurs were playing in the postseason without Parker for the first time since 2001, ending an National Basketball Association record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman.

This was the first time in seven postseason games that the Cavs held an opponent under 100 points. Kevin Love had 16 points on 9 shots to go with 13 rebounds in 32 minutes and looked as good offensively as he has this postseason. Sometimes good shooters miss. Toronto lost three in a row from February 8 to 14.

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