The Cleveland Cavaliers put away the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in game-one of the second round in the playoffs. The Cavaliers take a 1-0 lead in the series. LeBron James led the way with 35 points on 13 of 23 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Kyrie Irving posted a double-double with 24 points on 7 of 16 from the field, gave out 10 assists, and drained three triples. Irving in the first half passed the ball off the backboard and then James had a spectacular dunk.
Kevin Love dropped in 18 points on 5 of 13 from the floor, plucked nine rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 11 points on merely 3 of 8 from the field, and pulled down 14 rebounds. Kyle Korver added six points on 2 of 5 from the field off the bench. Iman Shumpert contributed five points on 2 of 5 from the floor, gathered four rebounds, and handed out three assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot 46 percent from the field, and shot 41.2 percent on 14 of 34 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers moved the ball well, found the open man, and executed well offensively. The Cavaliers were leading by as many as 25 points in the second half. The Cavaliers also did play good defense throughout the first three-quarters of this game. The Cavaliers did play really good, and they had seven days off going into this game. The Cavaliers did not look rusty at all. The Cavaliers will play at home again against the Toronto Raptors for game-two on Wednesday.
“That was the mystery coming into the game, how we would come out?” James said. “Obviously you prepare, you want to come out and play well, but you never know after an eight-day layoff. But the energy was phenomenal.”
For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry lead the way with 20 points on 7 of 13 from the field, and dished out 11 assists. DeMar DeRozan managed 19 points on 7 of 16 from the field, and picked up seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, snatched six rebounds, and nailed three from downtown. P.J. Tucker concluded with 13 points on 6 of 11 from the field, and collected 11 rebounds off the bench. Norman Powell tossed in 12 points on merely 3 of 11 from the field, and stripped away two steals off the pine.
Fred VanVleet totaled six points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor in three minutes off the bench. Jonas Valanciunas put up six points on 3 of 7 from the field, and nabbed six rebounds. The Raptors bench out-scored the Cavaliers bench 42 to 20. The Raptors shot 43.8 percent from the field, and shot 38.5 percent on 10 of 26 from beyond the arc.
The Raptors did not get stops on defense. They did not play consistent on defense for 48 minutes, and that was why they had no chance to win this game. The Raptors did not get off to a good start in the first quarter, and they were getting blown out in the second half. The Raptors will try to even up the series 1-1 in game-two.