Cedi Osman outscored Kyle Lowry.
"We talk about through the whole course of this long season just getting better, getting better", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Cavaliers have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year and the eighth straight for James, stretching back to his time in Miami. They were frustrated and perplexed, reaching for explanations.
While the Raptors were blown out 128-110 in Game 2, they had plenty of chances to win Game 1 - a 113-12 overtime loss during which the Cavaliers never led in regulation time. Yet, the result was the same as previous year: a second-round sweeping at the hands of the Cavaliers.
I'm not going to sit here and say the Boston is going to sweep Cleveland. "For me, it was championship or bust".
"We wanted to remind the team of how good a season they have had to this point", Brown said afterwards.
"We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals", Lowry said. "So it's impossible for me to lose confidence in our ball club, no matter what the stakes are or where we're down because if I do that, then where are we going to go from a team aspect?" "That's the only thing that matters".
Much like how Superman has his kryponite, Toronto's postseason weakness comes in the form of LeBron James.
"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player said. "Whatever happens you've got to be ready for this time (of) year, the physical strength".
Point guard George Hill added, "That's about to be great".
Now, tough questions must be answered.
Go ahead and give Harden the MVP - he's the best player on the regular season's best team.
Lue said playing James with the Cavs' second unit helped negate the Toronto bench. "At the end of the day, he's still my coach, and that's what it is right now". Facing a LeBron led team is an uphill task and winning is even more hard.
"He's one of the greatest I've ever seen but all this stuff is just talk radio to me".
VanVleet plans to visit a specialist in New York City within the next week to ensure his playoff minutes didn't cause further damage to his shoulder.
If the Celtics can hold off the upstart 76ers, they would set up a rematch heavily anticipated since last season, when the Cavs beat the Celtics 4-1 to advance to the NBA Finals. "I didn't forget how to play basketball, I was just ultra-aggressive. Obviously I wish I would have been full strength for this team and this organization".
Jeremias Engelmann: The Raptors' problem is obvious: While the team performs quite well in the regular season - resulting in three top-three seeds in a row - Toronto has enormous difficulty carrying that success over to the postseason. "We had a lot of challenges to start the series knowing the domination they had in the regular season". "When we get stops, we're able to get out in transition and play with pace".
"I love it here".
"It's gratification but you're not satisfied, that's the way I like to put it, " he said when the Raptors clinched first place in the East with three games remaining. I'm a loyal guy, I always have been.