NBA: Cavaliers rip Raptors for 10th play-off win in a row

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James.
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out 11 assists on Thursday to power the Cleveland Cavaliers over Toronto 108-89, improving their play-off record to 10-0.

The Cavaliers, who swept through the first two play-off rounds, seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with Game Three on Saturday at Toronto.

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 26 points and Kevin Love added 19 for Cleveland, whose run is one shy of the National Basketball Association record play-off start of 11-0 achieved by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989 and 2001.

The Cavaliers are two wins from facing the Western Conference champion, either Oklahoma City or defending NBA champion Golden State, in the NBA Finals that begin on June 2.

Cleveland lost to Golden State in last year's NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers have led by 10 or more points throughout the entire second half in each of the first two games.