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Raptors Try to Get Physical in Cleveland; Cavs Withstand Barrage to Take 2-0 Lead

The Toronto Raptors looked refreshed and invigorated when they took the court for Game 2 on Thursday night, looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Toronto was aggressive, attacked the paint, and got physical with Cleveland.

It was to no avail. The Cavs dominated, taking Game 2 108-89.

Raptors Center Bismack Biyombo gave Cavs Point Guard Kyrie Irving a shove, resulting in a double-technical, setting the tone for much of the game.

The Raptors hung with the Cavs for the first quarter, trailing 30-28 heading into the second.

They even matched the Cavs in the second quarter, leading 43-42 with 5:37 to play in the first half.

Then the Cavs stamped their foot down, going on a 20-5 run to close out the half.

Cleveland never looked back, leading 86-69 at the end of the third quarter.

LeBron James passed Shaquille O’Neal in playoff scoring late in the game, moving into fourth place all-time with 5,251 points.

Toronto fought hard for all four quarters of the game, but it was clear early in the second half the outcome was never in doubt.

LeBron posted a triple-double, scoring 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Irving scored a game-high 26 points.

DeMar DeRozan put up 22 points, pacing the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry struggled for the second time of the series, shooting 4-for-14 from the field, finishing with just 10 points.

Game 3 is Saturday night at 8:30 PM in Toronto. The Cavs are six wins away from a championship.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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