The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in overtime put away the Toronto Raptors in game-one in Eastern Conference Semi-Finals 113-112. The Cavaliers take a 1-0 lead in the series. LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 26 points on just 12 of 30 from the field, including 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and two blocks in 47 minutes. J.R. Smith put in 20 points on 6 of 11 from the field, stripped away two steals, and drained five three-pointers. Kyle Korver scored 19 points on 7 of 17 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers.
Kevin Love racked up seven points on merely 3 of 13 from the field, and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jeff Green added 16 points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor, and gathered two steals. Tristan Thompson chipped in a double-double with 14 points on 5 of 8 from the field, and plucked 12 rebounds off the bench. The Cavaliers shot just 41.2 percent from the field, and shot a solid 40 percent on 14 of 35 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers did take care of the basketball with only five turnovers. The Cavaliers did not have the lead all game until overtime. This was a big win for the Cavaliers on the road, and they kept fighting. Other players stepped up for the Cavaliers, and LeBron got enough help from his teammates.
LeBron James said, “My teammates were unbelievable tonight, they stepped up when I wasn’t at my best.”
For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan led the way with 22 points on 10 of 20 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double with 21 points on 7 of 19 from the floor, and pulled down 21 rebounds. Kyle Lowry pitched in 18 points on 6 of 12 from the field, dished out 10 assists, and buried three triples. Serge Ibaka finished with nine points on 3 of 8 from the field. Rookie OG Anunoby tallied seven points on 3 of 5 from the floor.
Anunoby had to guard LeBron a lot in this game. Pascal Siakam contributed 11 points on 4 of 5 from the field off the bench. Fred VanVleet accrued nine points on just 2 of 7 from the floor in 15 minutes off the pine. The Raptors shot 42.9 percent from the field, and shot 32.1 percent on 9 of 28 behind the three-point line. The Raptors out-scored the Cavaliers in the paint 50 to 40.
The Raptors had the ball down by one point with 16 seconds left in overtime. Fred VanVleet missed the three-point shot for the win, and the Raptors fell just short of winning the game. The Raptors were never trailing in regulation, and then they let the Cavaliers take the lead in overtime. The Raptors will have a chance to even up the series 1-1 at home in game-two tomorrow evening.
DeMar DeRozan said about VanVleet’s shot, “He got a heck of a shot, I’ll live with him shooting that shot 10 times out of 10. We got a good look and it just didn’t fall.”