NBA Playoffs: 1-0! Cavs Edge Raptors In OT Eastern Conference Semifinals

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 2nd, 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Raptors will hope for better luck in Game 2 in Toronto on Thursday after leading for much of regulation time and then losing on home court 112-113, in overtime, to the Cavaliers, Tuesday – in the Eastern Conference Semifinals

LeBron James had 26 points, 13 assists ,11 rebounds, I steal and 2 blocks. J.R. Smith scored 20 points.Kyle Korver scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime after Cleveland never led in regulation.

Korver’s 3 early in overtime gave the Cavaliers their first lead of the game, 108-105.

Green and Smith each scored 11 points in the second quarter and the Cavs found their shooting stroke, connecting on 14 of 22 attempts. James had five assists in the period as Cleveland cut the deficit to 60-57 at halftime.

Jeff Green scored 16 points and Kevin Love had 13 rebounds. Love missed all four of his shot attempts in the first went 1 for 7 in the first half

Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Cleveland allowed 100 or more points for the third time in eight postseason games.

Toronto’s Fred VanVleet missed a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds to go in overtime that could have won it for the Raptors, who couldn’t hold on to a 14-point, first-quarter lead.

Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 21 rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 18 points and 10 assists, and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Raptors, who host Game 2 on Thursday night.

Lowry’s three-point play made it 113-112 with 57 seconds to go and, after the Cavs were called for a shot-clock violation, Toronto had one more chance to win, but VanVleet couldn’t come through.

VanVleet was one of four Raptors to miss in the final seconds of regulation. Toronto got four looks at the potential winning basket on its next possession but missed all four, including a wide-open 3 by VanVleet, giving Cleveland the ball with 0.6 seconds remaining. Green inbounded to James, but his shot bounced off the rim.

The Raptors shot 5 for 24 in the fourth quarter, with Valanciunas missing six of seven attempts.

DeRozan scored 11 points in the first, connecting on five of eight attempts, and Lowry had eight points and five assists as Toronto led 33-19. James was 3 of 5 in the first but the rest of the Cavs shot 4 for 18.

Toronto had 10 assists on 13 made baskets in the first. … The Raptors had nine turnovers in the first half, leading to 15 points for the Cavaliers. They finished with 14, leading to 21 Cleveland points

VanVleet took exception to a shove from James at the end of one play and made an attempt to get at the Cavs star, but was restrained by teammates.

Valanciunas had 13 points and eight rebounds in the third, but Korver scored 10 points and James had eight to keep the Cavs close. Toronto led 87-82 heading to the fourth.

The Cavaliers beat the Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals in 2016 before going on to win their first NBA championship. Last year, Cleveland swept Toronto in the second round.

Cavaliers vs Raptors Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 is Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre (or Center) in Toronto, at 8 p.m

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