The Toronto Raptors have much work to do in their series after the hosts lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-110 Thursday evening at the Air Canada Centre.
With the win the Cavaliers take a commanding 2-0 lead in the second round series over the top-seeded Raptors and now the series heads back to Cleveland, where the Cavs could end it before it gets back to Canada.
Leading the way for the visitors from Ohio was LeBron James, as the 33-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio had a game high 43 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and passing out 14 assists for a double-double for the contest.
James also made history, as the first ever player to score 40 points and have 14 assists in a play-off game.
Kevin Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds for the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Toronto dominated in the regular season at the Air Canada Centre, as the Raptors went 34-7 at home this year for the best mark in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto also did well at home against the Washington Wizards in the opening round and, as such, losing the first two games at home to the Cavaliers was not what was anticipated.
The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan, as the 28-year-old shooting guard from Compton, California had a team high 24 points, while dishing out three assists for the game.
Game 3 will be on Saturday evening at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio and the Cavaliers are now 1/50 to win the series, with the Raptors priced at 16/1.
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