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

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

It was a breeze from then on as the Cavs took all two games on the road against the Raptors. Toronto had no answer for James on the defensive end of the court, giving up 43 points to "The King". This season, Philadelphia was 8-5 on two days rest, averaging 111.4 points per game (their highest average of any days rest scenario that featured more than one game).

James connected on 19 of 28 field-goal attempts as the Cavaliers moved halfway toward eliminating Toronto in the post-season for the third straight season. 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. Toronto will have to find a way to neutralize LeBron James, and they will need a better effort from DeMar DeRozan to have a chance in game three. The fourth quarter felt like a lot of decided National Basketball Association regular season games where it might not formally be garbage time but the game was decided. They thought wrong. The wine and gold had just three (3!) turnovers Thursday night. In 2016, Cleveland beat Toronto in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals before sweeping the Raptors in last year's conference semifinals.

Toronto should look back at their first half as a blown opportunity. It's not like James hasn't done this before in other games, but it was pretty fitting for this game in particular. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet had 14 points off the bench. Love's 31-point outburst marked his highest scoring total since November 11, when he scored 29 against Dallas. The nine-year veteran center only scored seven points in game one, and he is now posting 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in the playoffs.

There are still many games left to go in the series potentially.

During the current playoffs, LeBron James has often looked like a man carrying the weight of a franchise on his shoulders, but on Tuesday night his teammates helped him out when he needed it most. It didn't matter though because the Cavaliers would surge back and force the game into overtime.

LeBron James went wild in the second half helping the Cavs pull away from a two point halftime deficit.

Nearly as if they'd been toying with Toronto, the Cavs hit another gear in the third quarter led by James and Love, whose 24 points in the quarter equalled Toronto's scoring. Furthermore, while Toronto was able to shoot over 50% in game two, their offense has been very inconsistent. Simmons did not play well in the first half, and sat an extended period in the second half as T.J. McConnell took over the point for the 76ers.