LeBron’s monster performance pushes Cavaliers past Raptors

Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, winning the game in dramatic fashion 132-129. 

This game represented a potential Eastern Conference finals showdown, and it did not disappoint.

The Raptors found themselves in the middle of a tough stretch in their schedule, playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road, as well as their third game in four nights.

With all that being said, it was shocking how hot Toronto’s offense looked in the first half, it almost seemed like they could’t miss.

Both teams were sizzling to start, with the Raptors shooting 8 for 9, and the Cavs 9 for 11 in the first six minutes.

The highlight of the first half for the Raptors was DeRozan’s slam with 3:42 to play in the second quarter, over a defeated looking LeBron.

Toronto went into recess with a 79-64 lead, matching their franchise record for most points in a half.

With the exception of point guard Kyle Lowry and his consistent buckets from beyond the arc, the Raptors offense went cool in the third quarter, while the Cavs began to push.

As a result, this set up a dramatic closing quarter, with the score being 99-98.

But the best basketball player in the world let it be known he was there, and was not going down easy.

LeBron scored 35 points, added 17 assists, as well as 7 rebounds, all while committing 0 turnovers in the process.

His biggest play came with 30 seconds left in regulation, driving the Raptors net and kicking the ball out to a wide open Kevin Love, hitting a three which ultimately sunk the Raptors.

The offensive numbers in the game were ridiculous, with the Raptors shooting 54% field goals, and 44% from downtown.

The Cavs shot a whopping 60% from the floor, and 62% from beyond the arc.

Buckle up and get ready for some crazy basketball if this is the Eastern Conference Finals matchup in a few months.

Toronto sees action next on Friday against the lowly Brooklyn Nets.

Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre and can be viewed on Sportsnet One.

More news from the court

  • Raptors star Kyle Lowry lead the charge on offense splashing 24 points
  • This game snapped Toronto’s nine game winning streak on the road
  • The last time the Raptors scored 79 points in a half dates all the way back to January 11, 1997 vs the New Jersey Nets, eventually going on to win 123-106.
  • No player in NBA history had more than 30 points, and 15 assists while managing to have 0 turnovers. LeBron’s numbers in this game: 35 points, 17 assists, 0 turnovers
  • Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver missed the game due to the death of his younger brother

More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation. 

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