WASHINGTON – LeBron James scored 39 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 125-103 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday.
James overtook the Hall of Fame center Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list with a 3-pointer in the third quarter. The king, who now has 5,777 career playoff points, only trails Michael Jordan (5,987) in NBA history.
“I’m just playing in my zone. I know what they want to take away. I know what I want to try to get to with our team. My teammates did a great job of feeding me, and I’m the one who’s got to knock down the shots, so I just trust in my ability, and I was able to make a couple of plays and help us get this win,” James said after the game.
Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 11 assists and Channing Frye scored 18 points for the Cavaliers, who are 6-0 so far on the way of defending their title.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 23 points. All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who didn’t make his first field goal until the first minute of the fourth quarter, only got 5 points. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 5 assists. Serge Ibaka finished with 16 points.
Game 3 is Friday night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.