The Cleveland Cavaliers extended their perfect postseason record to 10-0 with a second straight blowout win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.
Led by a LeBron James triple-double, the Eastern Conference top seeds ran out 108-89 winners at the Quicken Loans Arena and will now take a 2-0 series lead with them to Canada.
The win sees Tyronn Leu's team became just the fourth in NBA history to begin the playoffs with 10 consecutive wins, and, although the Raptors were able to keep things close for longer than in game one, the Cavs never really looked like losing.
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Up by just two points after the first quarter, 30-28, it took until the final few minutes of the second quarter for the Cavs to put some distance between themselves and Toronto.
With Kyle Lowry making the way to the locker room with around two minutes left before half time to "blow off some steam" after another poor shooting start, Cleveland went on a 12-2 run and finished the half up 62-48.
Outscoring the Raptors 46-41 in the second half, the Cavs were able to once again rest some of their starters in the final stages of the game.
James will grab the headlines after a 23 point, 11 rebound and 11 assist performance saw him move past Shaquille O'Neal on the all-time postseason scoring list, but, once again, there were impressive displays across the Cleveland roster.
Kyrie Irving top-scored with 26 points while Kevin Love finished with 19, and J.R. Smith added 12. Tristan Thompson was the only one of the Cavs' starters not to score in double figures but, with nine points and 12 rebounds, he was just one basket away from a double-double.
For Toronto, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 22 points but his backcourt partner Lowry had a difficult night.
The point guard finished with 10 points after shooting just four-of-14 and one-of-eight from three-point range. He also turned the ball over a game-high five times.
The Raptors, whose biggest lead in the game was just two points and who were outscored in the paint 50-28, will hope that a return home to their Air Canada Center for game three will provide a turnaround in fortunes.
Game three is scheduled for Saturday night and, having beaten their Canadian opponents by a combined 50 points in the opening two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, Cleveland will head on the road in confident mood.