The Raptors began the night by throwing rookie DeMar DeRozan at basketballís King.
Sonny Weems was next, followed by Antoine Wright and a moment of anxiety when LeBron James was writhing in pain after bumping knees.
The air inside the Air Canada Centre on Friday night was dripping in royalty, a buzz only King James can create.
James doesnít have to take a shot or attempt a drive to the hole to have an impact when all that is required is his mere presence.
Outside of Kobe Bryant, no player is capable of producing that feeling of occasion such as James.
While the weather outside was frightful, the mood inside the ACC was magical, more akin to a playoff atmosphere than a regular-season tip.
James and his Cleveland Cavaliers entered the night with the leagueís top record and the odds-on favourites to advance to the NBA final.
The way they dismantled the Celtics in Boston a night earlier in one of those statement games, perhaps the only obstacle the Cavs have to overcome is boredom.
The odds of the Cavs winning their first championship are likely to grow if the rumours are true and if Zydrunas Ilgauskas rejoins the team.
Whether Anderson Varejao starts at centre, Shaquille OíNeal or even Big Z, the key is James.
Thatís hardly a revelation, but his game is so good that he makes many of the gameís subtleties seem academic.
Twice he was knocked to the floor in the opening half, but he got back up each time and never at any moment looked vulnerable.
Following each fall, James, it seemed, got stronger mentally, which is really scary given his physical prowess.
He needed help from his teammates the first time James lay on the floor three minutes into the night, but all James needed was six shots from the field to net 20 first-half points.
He is both a facilitator and a finisher, one who can lead a break or break an opponentís will.
Whether he breaks the collective hearts of the state of Ohio is an issue that canít be answered until the off-season.
Unless the Cavs and Raptors meet in the post-season, Fridayís appearance may have been the last time Toronto fans got a chance to see James in a Cleveland jersey.
Itís all speculative, of course, but the possibility to bolt does exist.
If the Cavs do go on to win a title, itís inconceivable James will leave.
James is a lot of things, but heartless has never been used to describe the Ohio native.
Even the mere notion of James leaving has forced the Cavs to pursue every avenue and open any door to surround James with quality pieces.
Antawn Jamison is finding his rhythm following his trade from Washington, a power forward who will spread the floor and not demand the ball.
If the Cavs are able to re-acquire Ilgauskas, itíll be the icing on a cake that looks awfully appealing.
Several reports have as many as seven teams lining up to woo the Big Z, whose ties to Cleveland are strong.
James wonít openly lobby to have Ilgauskas back, but privately he must be pining for a reunion.
A big who can play on the perimeter, Ilgauskas will make the Cavs as complete a team in the NBA.
Even without him, the Cavs are good.
What happened Friday was a rare night of defensive indifference, a game in which the lock-down Cavs yielded 60 first-half points, were careless with the basketball and at times completely clueless in defending Torontoís high screen and roll.
Each time Cleveland trailed in the gameís waning and wildly entertaining final minute in regulation, James had the ball in his hands, scoring each time by first going to his left and then to his right hand, leaving Wright in his wake.
In overtime, James took the opening tap, helped Cleveland gain control by soaring over Andrea Bargnani and was responsible for a lightning-quick six-point lead.
It was very reminiscent of Magic Johnsonís final game in his rookie year with the Lakers when he started at centre in the championship series-clincher in Philly.
It ended with a ring, something that may await the King.