NBA: Cleveland thrash Toronto in Eastern Conference final opener

NBA: Cleveland thrash Toronto in Eastern Conference final opener
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The Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors a basketball master class en route to securing a game one victory in the pair’s best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

After losing the finals a year ago Cleveland were in determined form at their own Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs did most of the damage from close range with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving producing standout performances.

James could hardly miss on the night and scored 24 points in three quarters of play – his powerful dunk to wrap up the second quarter being the highlight and sent the 20-000 strong home crowd into wild delirium.

On-fire Irving, meanwhile, hit a game-high 27 points to help his side romp to a 115-84 victory.

The Raptors – who are making their first conference finals appearance – now have much to think about as they look to bounce back in Thursday’s Game two.

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