The final score, a mere 13-point victory for the Cavaliers isn't actually representative of how lopsided this matchup was in nearly every facet of the game, as Cleveland beat the living spirit out of Boston to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
"He always kept us going, just to hear his voice and his input on things,"DeRozan said". "They lace up their shoes just like us".
James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Still, James said the Cavs are mentally preparing for the Celtics' best shot in Game 2.
One secret to Cleveland's success has been to take advantage of the rest during breaks between rounds but practice as if every game is a must-win situation.
The Cavs started the second quarter strong as well, but again became lackadaisical and allowed the Raptors to keep the game close.
"Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league", said Stevens, in his fourth year in the league and now 0-5 against James and the Cavs in the postseason.
That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and "50 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. So he came through for us". "We've just got to protect home court in Game 2 and get the win". Kyrie Irving did his best to remind us how large the gap is between Cleveland's first and second best players.More news: 3 adjustments to make in Game 6 — Washington Wizards
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"LeBron's been playing so well that we really haven't had the chance to feature Kevin, but we've been talking and he's been ready", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.
Game two is also in Boston, on Saturday [NZT]. "He was limping badly". "Obviously we don't know the exact adjustments, but we do know they're going to make adjustments, (and) that is what good teams do".
The loss of Lowry was a huge blow to Toronto. He was just 7 of 19 from the floor, 2 of 7 from 3-point range. He contributed 14 points on 4 of 6 from behind the arc.
The Celtics found some energy after the incident, closing the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull to 92-75.
"Cleveland didn't want to see us", Beal told CSN's Chris Miller.
One of the Celtics' issues all night was not sending help when James got into one-on-one situations. Boston must find a way to slow down James while not getting eaten up by a supporting cast, which other than Kevin Love's big game, didn't produce at its usual high rate.
Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances.