- LeBron James scored 41 points on Thursday to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors and go up 2-0 in the semifinals.
- In the fourth quarter, James scored 12 points, hitting several tough fade-away jumpers from different angles with amazing ease.
- According to Kevin Love, James said Thursday morning that he would attack the Raptors by going to fade-away jumpers over different shoulders.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors a devastating, 128-110 win in Game 2 of the semifinals on Thursday.
The win put the Cavaliers up 2-0 with the series now heading back to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.
James, as per usual, spearheaded the effort, putting in another classic performance, with 41 points on 19-of-28 shooting to go with 8 rebounds and 14 assists.
By the fourth quarter, James was simply showing off, attacking whoever was in front of him, then going to impossible-to-defend fade-away jumpers that he began hitting with ease.
— NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2018
???? Tough jumper after tough jumper for LeBron James! ????
— NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2018
Even more impressive: James had apparently called his shots before the game. According to Kevin Love, James said he would attack mismatches by going to fade-away jumpers over his right and left shoulders, depending on the situation.
“When he went over his right shoulder and then went over his left shoulder, he said when he got the mismatch, he was gonna do that,” Love said. “So he actually called his shots this morning… That shows just how locked in he was at shootaround.”
Cavaliers' Kevin Love said LeBron James told him Thursday morning he would attack mismatches w/ fadeaway jumpers over each shoulder, then did it in Game 2: "He actually called his shots this morning. That's just one of the examples I could use of how locked in he was." pic.twitter.com/PBJXIkOhKr
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 4, 2018
The ease with which James hit the shots – he scored 12 points in the fourth quarter alone – was as scary as James apparently predicting which shots he’d take. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe put it, by the fourth quarter, James looked like he was just trying out new moves.
LeBron is literally experimenting with difficult shots for the fun of it, in a playoff game, on the road, against the No. 1 seed in his conference.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 4, 2018
With a 2-0 lead going home, it’s hard to imagine James is going to be any less confident in Game 3.
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