Cavs torture Raptors in 31-pt rout
THE Cleveland Cavaliers maintained their 100 per cent post-season record on Tuesday, with a crushing 115-84 defeat of the weary Toronto Raptors to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Kyrie Irving scored 27 points while LeBron James added 24 as the Cavs dominated almost from start to finish to the delight of their home fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The 31-point rout was Cleveland's biggest ever victory in a play-off game.
Toronto, by contrast, had been forced to make a quick turnaround after only clinching a 4-3 series victory over the Miami Heat in their conference semi-final on Sunday.
The outcome of Tuesday's contest was effectively decided in a devastating period of Cleveland dominance which began late in the first quarter and continued to the half-time buzzer.
The Raptors were always struggling to stay in touch and with Irving, James and Love in form, it rapidly became an exercise in damage limitation for the visitors, playing their 15th game of the play-offs.
The torture continued in the third quarter as the Cavaliers maintained a healthy double-digit lead against a Toronto side unable to find any answers on defence.
Cleveland surged into a 97-67 advantage as the slaughter continued before the score settled at 115-84.
Game 2 of the series takes place later tonight in Cleveland.