CLEVELAND—Game on! After a nine-day layoff the Cleveland Cavaliers returned to action in the Eastern Conference as they hosted the Toronto Raptors.
The Cavs had not played a game since sweeping the Atlanta Hawks on May 6 in Atlanta. The Cavs made 77 three-pointers in that series and they hope to continue that hot shooting against Toronto.
Of the 33 points the Cavs had in the first quarter against the Raptors, 28 came from the Big Three.
The second quarter brought stronger defense from Cleveland and more three-point shots. This time from Channing Frye and Matthew Dellavedova. At the end of the half, Cleveland was up 66-44 and shooting better than 70 percent.
The second half turned much more physical. Kevin Love was assessed a flagrant one foul for an elbow to Toronto’s DeMarre Carroll. Soon after, LeBron James was called for an offensive foul, which was almost immediately followed by a defensive foul.
The game slowed down from there. Much of the Cavs bench got playing time.
Cleveland won 115-84.
Cleveland has played eight playoffs games, the Raptors have played 14. Toronto came in having one day of rest and preparation after beating the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Check out the rest of the ECF schedule right here:
Game 2: Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Cleveland
Game 3: Saturday, My 21 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Toronto
Game 4: Monday, May 23 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Toronto
*Game 5: Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Cleveland
*Game 6: Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Toronto
*Game 7: Sunday, May 29 at 8:30 p.m., ESPN, in Cleveland