9:35 p.m.-CAVALIERS TAKE 2-0 LEAD OVER RAPTORS

CLEVELAND -- On a night when small forward LeBron James continued to make history, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a statement with a dominant 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday.

Behind a 39-point effort from James, the Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and have a chance to further seize control of the second-round matchup when the semifinals shift to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for Game 3 Friday night.

James led the way with 39 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a four-for-six effort from three-point range and 15-of-21 showing from the free-throw line. Additionally, James pulled down six rebounds, handed out four assists, stole three passes and blocked two shots in 37 minutes.

Along with James, who moved into second place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list with his Game 2 performance, the Cavaliers got double-figure scoring production from point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Iman Shumpert and power forward Channing Frye.

Despite making just six of his 19 attempts from the field, Irving buried three three-pointers and all seven of his free throws for 22 points. Two days after setting a personal best for the most assists in a playoff game, Irving reset the mark with 11 assists in 30 minutes.

Frye came off the bench to hit five three-pointers and score 18 points, while Shumpert scored 14 and added six rebounds.

9:04 p.m.-CAVALIERS ROUTING RAPTORS THROUGH THREE QUARTERS

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers came out of the halftime break ready for bear, and they never relented on either side of the floor on the way to a 99-73 lead over the Toronto Raptors after the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

The Cavaliers posted 27 points in the third quarter on 10-of-19 shooting, including a four-of-eight showing from three-point range. Over the first three quarters, the Cavaliers were 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) from three-point range.

On his way to taking sole possession of second place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James had 15 points in the third quarter. James knocked down four of his five looks at the basket in the third quarter, including two of his three attempts from long distance.

Additionally, point guard Kyrie Irving scored 15 points in the third quarter. Also, he handed out four assists to set a new single-game career high with 11 helpers.

8:40 p.m.- CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ LEBRON JAMES MOVES PASSES KAREEM ON PLAYOFF SCORING LIST

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James passed former Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.

Needing 25 points to pass the Hall of Fame center, who scored 5,762 points in 237 career postseason games, James scored 27 in the first 27-plus minutes of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

Now, James trails only Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoffs history. Jordan scored 5,987 points in just 179 playoff games with the Bulls.

In 12 trips to the NBA Playoffs over his 14-year career, James passed Abdul-Jabbar in just 205 games.

On his way to the 27 points, James converted nine of his 12 looks at the basket, including four three-pointers, and a five-for-nine showing from the free-throw line. James added two assists, five rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot through the early part of the third quarter.

During the first quarter of Game 2, James was patient on the offensive end, letting his teammates get involved in the act, but after scoring just four points in the opening period, he found his shooting rhythm midway through the second quarter.

Out of a timeout, James hustled toward the hoop and got a layup attempt to fall. Then, after splitting four free throws, James buried a pull-up three-pointer from the right wing. On the next trip down the floor, James took advantage of the space given up by Raptors center Serge Ibaka and knocked down his second straight triple, which put the Cavaliers up by 14, 49-35, with 7:28 to play in the half.

In addition to James’ scoring prowess in the postseason, he ranks fourth in three-pointers made, seventh in rebounds and third in steals in NBA Playoffs history.

8:08 p.m.-CAVALIERS LEAD RAPTORS BY 14 AT HALFTIME

CLEVELAND -- Small forward LeBron James took over the pace of play in the second quarter, and his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor helped the Cleveland Cavaliers take a 62-48 lead over the Toronto Raptors into halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena.

During the first quarter of Game 2, James was patient on the offensive end, letting his teammates get involved in the act, but after scoring just four points in the opening period, he found his shooting rhythm midway through the second quarter.

Out of a timeout, James hustled toward the hoop and got a layup attempt to fall. Then, after splitting four free throws, James buried a pull-up three-pointer from the right wing. On the next trip down the floor, James took advantage of the space given up by Raptors center Serge Ibaka and knocked down his second straight triple, which put the Cavaliers up by 14, 49-35, with 7:28 to play in the half.

As a team the Cavaliers buried five of their 10 looks from three-point range in the second quarter and 10 of 15 in the first half.

7:28 p.m.-CAVALIERS LEAD RAPTORS, 34-22, AFTER FIRST QUARTER

CLEVELAND -- Twelve straight points and hustle plays on both ends of the floor helped the Cleveland Cavaliers overcome six turnovers on the way to a 34-22 lead over the Toronto Raptors after the first quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday.

The Raptors and Cavaliers matched each other, basket for basket, over the first three minutes of play, but a 15-3 run staked Cleveland out to a 10-point advantage, 19-9, and forced a Toronto timeout with 5:54 to play in the quarter.

Shooting guard J.R. Smith and power forward Kevin Love ignited the run when they buried back-to-back three-pointers. Then, after a pair of free throws from point guard Kyrie Irving and an 18-foot jumper from Love, the Cavaliers went back to the three-point ball.

Smith forced the Raptors to call a timeout when he buried his second triple of the quarter, this one from the left wing, after pump-faking his way free from a Raptors defender.

When the Cavaliers made a change in the lineup following the timeout, reserve forward Channing Frye stepped up and buried both of his looks from three-point range on the way to seven first-quarter points.

Love and Frye led the way for the Cavaliers with seven points each in the first quarter. Small forward LeBron James and Irving had four each and Smith added six by knocking down both of his attempts from three-point range.

As a team, the Cavaliers went 12 of 17 from the field (70.6 percent) and five of five from three-point range in the first quarter.

6:30 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have never lost a postseason series after taking a 2-0 lead, and taking a two-game lead over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals tonight is exactly what they have a chance to do.

But before the Cavaliers can talk about taking a 2-0 lead over the Raptors, who pushed Cleveland to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, they must focus on the tasks at hand.

Here are three keys to victory for the Cavaliers in their Game 2 matchup.

MAINTAINING AGGRESSIVENESS ON OFFENSE

The Cavaliers looked as though they put in plenty of work during the eight-day break in-between the first and second rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, as they pushed the pace of play all the way to a 116-105 victory Monday night.

As a team, the Cavaliers converted 39 of their 85 looks, including 14 of their 34 three-point tries on the way to building a lead as large as 25 points during the third quarter.

Additionally, the Cavaliers sunk 24 of their 29 free-throw attempts, which, at times, was a struggle for them during the four-game sweep of the Pacers.

UNSELFISH PLAY

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving loves to push the pace, and he put that on display in the Game 1 victory.

After previously going without an assist in Game 4 against the Pacers in the first round, Irving handed out a single-game postseason career high 10 playmakers against the Raptors, and that level of unselfishness was contagious.

Led by Irving’s 10 helpers, the Cavaliers had 26 assists on their 39 made baskets.

Irving’s most recognizable assist in Monday’s win came on an alley-oop to small forward LeBron James.

Less than three minutes into the first quarter, James got a steal and kicked it out to Irving, who drove to the lane and threw the ball off of the backboard back to James for a left-handed dunk that brought the crowd to its feet and the Raptors to a timeout.

BALANCED ATTACK

Although James is the unquestioned leader on the offensive and defensive sides of the floor, he will need plenty of help to beat the Raptors and get one step closer to the ultimate goal of a second straight NBA Championship.

And help is exactly what they got in Monday night’s win.

James scored a game-high 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting and finished off a double-double with 10 rebounds over 42 minutes of play. Additionally, James assisted on four baskets, stole one pass and blocked a shot in the winning effort.

In addition to James, the Cavaliers got double-digit scoring efforts from Irving (24 points), power forward Kevin Love (18) and center Tristan Thompson (11). Both Thompson (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Irving (24 points, 10 assists) finished off double-doubles in the victory.

Although no one off the bench scored in double figures in Game, five players completed to score 22 points on nine-of-21 shooting, including a four-for-11 showing from three-point range.

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