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Cavaliers take convincing 2-0 series lead

LeBron James' latest vintage performance has the Cavaliers up 2-0 in the series. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their extremely hot playoff start with a 108-89 win over the Toronto Raptors Thursday night.

Cleveland became the fourth team in NBA history to start a postseason with at least 10 consecutive wins. Only one of the previous three teams to do so went on to win the NBA Title.

Cleveland has won 17 consecutive playoff games against the Eastern Conference, the longest streak of intraconference playoff wins since the inception of the conference format in 1970-71.

The Cavaliers are the 12th team to win each of the first two games of a Conference Finals by double-digits. Each of the previous 11 went on to win the series -- though only one did so with a sweep (1985-86 Celtics).

LeBron delivers vintage performance

LeBron James finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his 13th 20-point triple-double in the playoffs, passing Magic Johnson for most in NBA postseason history (12).

James has made 18 field goals through the first two games. The average distance from the rim on those shots is 1.6 feet, a reflection of James’ dominance in the restricted area.

James is shooting 17-of-19 inside the restricted area in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors, compared to 1-of-7 elsewhere.

Lowry can’t find shooting stroke

Kyle Lowry was 4-of-14 from the field in Game 2, including 1-of-8 from the 3-point line. His perimeter shooting in the postseason has been historically bad.

Lowry is the 67th player in NBA history to attempt at least 100 3-point field goals in a single postseason. Only two players have shot a lower percentage than Lowry has.

Lowry has been unable to get open against the Cavs. Of his first 28 shots in the series, 22 have been contested. He made six of those contested looks in the series (27.3 percent).

Entering Game 2, the Cavaliers had an 81 percent chance to win the series according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index. Following their Game 2 win, the Cavaliers now have a 93 percent chance to win the series.

The Raptors will try to turn things around in Game 3 on Saturday on ESPN/WatchESPN.