Inside LeBron James's Game-Winning Shot

Inside LeBron James's Game-Winning Shot

In Utah's surprising 116-108 Game 2 win over Houston, Mitchell racked up 11 dimes, setting a new team rookie record for assists in a postseason game, surpassing the 10 John Stockton dished out in 1985, per James 43 points and 14 assists.

How do you even bet on Toronto right now after what happened on its home floor. The Cavaliers later finished the half with a 16-2 surge to take the 15-point lead into the break.

They can't get past them.

During their last five games, the Cavaliers have scored an average of 106.2 points per game (3.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average).

And if it is the Raptors have some heavy soul-searching to do.

It's not going to be an easy path to plan.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward C.J. Miles (0) in game two of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre.

A year ago in a regular season game in Washington, trailing by three with 3.4 seconds left, James caught a full-court pass from Love, and had the awareness to take one dribble, step behind the 3-point line, and hit a fadeaway three to send the game into overtime.

But the fight was there all night from all the Raptors. James also successfully made 9-of-11 attempts from the charity stripe on the night. It's unfortunate; especially looking at the fact we had 59 wins and were one of the best home teams in the league.

Two home losses to begin their series with the Cavaliers put the Raptors in an uncomfortably familiar place - staring up at the greatness of LeBron James. He earned a career-high 18 triple-doubles and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month four times, bringing his career total to 38 nominations.

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"Ain't nothing changed. There's a reason why we are who we are", said VanVleet. Kevin was just posting up on Serge (Ibaka), posting up smaller guys.

From the start of training camp they've emphasized offence more than ever before under Casey, but that's not what's failing them in this series. Nothing was off the table in terms of options. Heading into Game 3, head coach Dwane Casey made a decision to insert second-year Fred VanVleet in and send Serge Ibaka to the bench for more speed in the lineup.

Uh oh. Somebody appears to have told LeBron James (FD $14000 DK $12100) that the Cavs can go ahead and win the East again this year.

The problem was Toronto's offence was as inept as it has been all series. The over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Given that the second round of playoffs is between the Cavs and Raptors, it makes sense that some Drake music would be getting played during the game.

Toronto's other All-Star guard, DeMar DeRozan, didn't have quite the same fourth quarter experience as Lowry - watching the entire final 12 minutes from the bench after struggling mightily on 3-for-12 shooting through the first three periods.

The Cavs wound up 15 at the half. But with DeRozan vanishing in a haze, and Kyle Lowry not creating enough until it was too late, the Raptors couldn't get there.

The big problem for the Raptors wasn't so much James in the early going. They can not afford to allow Cleveland to shoot 59.5% on the floor and 42.3% from three-point range.

Comparing the shot to a three-pointer, James also explained the reasoning behind proceeding with the play from the Cavaliers' side of the court instead of taking a timeout.