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The Cleveland Cavaliers coming off a grind it out seven game series against potentially better Indiana Pacers team went into the Air Canada Centre and took home court away from the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. They defeated the Raptors 113-112 on Tuesday night in overtime in a game they never led until overtime. They hung around chipping away at the 14 point lead the Raptors held at one point and ultimately having a chance to win in regulation with James shooting a 14-foot faded from the left elbow that drew the front of the iron and they win overtime to take a series lead.
LeBron once again led the Cavs in this one with another playoff triple-double scoring 26 points, dishing out 13 assist and grabbing 11 rebounds. He played 47 minutes after averaging 41 minutes in the series against the Pacers and it may have showed at the free throw line as James only hit one of his six free throw attempts. He let reporters know after his closeout Game 7 against the Pacers that in fact that he was “tired” and had to turn around on one day rest and play the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.
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He finally got the help he so desperately coveted in the series against the Pacers. Guards Kyle Korver and JR Smith combined to score 39 points and 10 made three’s. Smith and Korver helped space the floor for James and did exactly what LeBron knew they were capable of despite not playing well in the previous series. They get this win without getting much offense from their All-Star Kevin Love who scored 7 points on just 3-13 shooting, but did have a team high 13 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson picked up right where he left off after a solid double-double performance in Game 7 in a starting role against the Pacers, came off the bench and had another very productive game and double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jeff Green also contributed off the bench with 16 points. The Cavs bench outscored the Raptors 37-35 and was a plus 18 from the three point line (14-9).
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The Raptors led for all of this game except overtime and were not able to close the Cavaliers on their home floor. They played good enough to win but didn’t play well enough in the end to finish. So now they might be facing a must win despite it only being Game 1 for the simple fact they haven’t been able to beat LeBron and the Cavs when it counted.
They were led by their All- Star DeMar Derozan’s 22 points (10-20 FG). He had 7 rebounds and 5 assist to go along with his team high. Jonas Valanciunas had a monster 20-20 game with 21 points and 21 rebounds (8 offensive). He controlled the paint and the Cavs big men had trouble with Jonas all night as he was able to get deep into the paint. They have to be shaking their heads to be up the entire game and not able to finish…..now they have all the pressure on them to win Game 2.
Next Game: Thursday 5/3 3:00 PT
What To Watch For: Will LeBron get the same production from the others?
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