Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.
"This morning you could just sense it," Love said. "He knew what was at stake, he knew us getting another win here [in Toronto] was going to be huge for us."
James had 43 points and 14 assists, Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Raptors 128-110 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
James added eight rebounds, narrowly missing his second straight triple-double, and was 19-for-28 shooting. "He got it going and he was feeling it," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
James, meanwhile, gave credit to Love, who shot 11-for-21 and was one point shy of his career playoff high. "It was great to see that performance out of him," James said. "He's our All-Star power forward."
"Love got going on us and that was a difficult matchup for us," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We have some matchup issues all over the court."
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors, the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday night. Toronto has gone 0-5 there the past two postseasons, losing by an average of 24.2 points per game.
Boston 108, Philadelphia 103: Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing second as the host Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the 76ers and take a 2-0 lead in their series.
Terry Rozier added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Marcus Smart finished with 19 points and five rebounds as the Celtics improved to 6-0 at TD Garden this postseason. They have never blown a 2-0 lead.
J.J. Redick had 23 points for the 76ers, making five three-pointers. Robert Covington added 22 points and nine rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but rookie star Ben Simmons had only one point.
Knicks pick Fizdale
The Knicks have agreed to hire David Fizdale, 43, as their next head coach, the New York Daily News confirmed. The deal is for four years, according to ESPN.
Fizdale was a hot prospect even after getting fired last season in Memphis because of a fallout with star center Marc Gasol.