LeBron James hardly missed, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84
LeBron James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.
James made his first nine shots one an arena-rattling powerhouse dunk and the Cavs shot 67% from the field in the first half while improving to 9-0 this postseason. Cleveland are the first team to start the playoffs with nine straight wins since San Antonio reeled off 10 in a row in 2012.
But unlike their second-round series when they made 77 three-pointers and swept Atlanta, the Cavs did most of their damage from close range. Cleveland made just seven of 20 on three-point attempts.
DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and Bismack Biyombo added 12 for Toronto.