Thursday 24 August 2017 / 12:55 PM

KYRIE & LEBRON LEAD CAVS’ SERIES-OPENING ROUT OF RAPTORS

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ dominant playoffs run continued with a 31-point victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

The 115-84 rout was the Cavs’ ninth straight win since the regular season, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving again leading the charge.

LeBron scored 24 points on 11-for-13 shooting – hitting his first nine attempts from the field, including a ferocious tomahawk dunk.

Irving top-scored with 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the floor, and also led the assists tally with 5.

It’s back to the drawing board for the Raptors, who found themselves down by 22 points at halftime. Kyle Lowry endured a tough night with just 8 points on 4-for-14 shooting, while DeMar DeRozan top-scored for the badly beaten visitors with 18 points.

Game 2 is set down for Friday (AEST) in Cleveland.

[YouTube – NBA]

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