TORONTO– Kyrie Irving had 26 points and LeBron James had 21, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers hold off DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors for a 94-91 victory on Friday night.
DeRozan had 32 points for Toronto in the first of four games scheduled between last season’s Eastern Conference finalists. Cleveland beat Toronto in six games on its way to winning the franchise’s first NBA championship.
Kevin Love had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs. Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas had his second straight double-double to open the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds, while Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson had his first of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Toronto never led during the first three quarters but then pulled within one point on four occasions in the fourth, finally going ahead on a free throw from Kyle Lowry with 2:37 left. Lowry had 17 points.