CLEVELAND – Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey can tinker with his starting lineup all he wants.
But it doesn’t make a difference when the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first eight three-pointers of the game and Le Bron James has 30 points midway through the third quarter as was the case in Cleveland’s 125-103 victory against Toronto in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol arrived at the NBA All-Star Game in New Olreans in style.
Instead of taking a short flight down to New Orleans, Gasol decided to drive his Tesla.
The second echoed in the boom of his brother, a striking talent who would someday chart his own course through the ranks of the best basketball leagues on the planet.
Phoenix lost its third straight and 13th in the last 16.
James finished with 39 points, passing Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. James now has 5,777 career playoff points and likely will pass Hall of Fame Michael Jordan for No. Kyrie Irving followed up his first playoff double-double in Game 1 with his second playoff double-double (22 points, 11 assists, a new playoff career-high).
Channing Frye added 16 points, 15 coming on three-pointers.
The 130 points were a season high for Memphis, which won its second straight. Gasol shot 10 of 16 and Randolph was 10 of 15 as Memphis shot a season-best percentage from the field.
Eric Bledsoe had 20 points for the Suns, while TJ Warren finished with 17 and Alex Len had 12.
"We would play every sport," he says of those summers in Spain with his older brother Pau Gasol.