Game 2 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals had a very similar feel to Game 1…and much to the Raptors’ dismay, a similar result. The Raptors kept pace with the Cavaliers until late in the 2nd quarter, before the Cavs went on a 16-2 run over the final 3:43 of the second quarter to turn a 46-46 tie game into a 62-48 halftime lead.
The Raptors played a solid second half, but were not able to cut into the Cavaliers lead, simply trading baskets and not getting enough stops defensively to make a run. The Cavs went on to win the Game 2 by a convincing margin, 108-89.
In the Cavs win, LeBron James earned a triple-double, and James also moved to fourth place all-time in NBA playoff history for points scored, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
Game 3 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals will tip off Saturday May 21st at 8:30pm ET in Toronto at Air Canada Centre.
The Game in Numbers:
– The Cavs won the game by a 19 point margin, 108-89. Cavs biggest lead in the game was 22 points.
– The Cavs pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the Raptors 32-20; a 12 point advantage.
– The Cavaliers had a plus-18 free throw attempt advantage over the Raptors, 37-18. Cavs made 25 (68%), Raptors made 14 (78%).
– Points in the paint: Cavaliers, 50. Raptors, 28.
Notable Raptors stat lines:
DeMar DeRozan – 22 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal
Kyle Lowry – 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal
Terrence Ross – 11 points, two rebounds, two steals
Cory Joseph – 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals
James Johnson – 11 points, three rebounds
Notable Cavaliers stat lines:
LeBron James – 23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals
Kevin Love – 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block
Tristan Thompson – Nine points, 12 rebounds, one block
J.R. Smith – 12 points, three rebounds
Kyrie Irving – 26 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal
Channing Frye – Ten points, four rebounds
Postgame Media Sessions:
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry
“Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love address the media following a win over Toronto.”
Postgame Locker Room Reactions: