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Cleveland Cavaliers continued their unbeaten start to the NBA Playoffs with a win over Toronto Raptors in the opening match of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

"It didn't matter", James said on Monday.

Toronto look to even the series versus Cleveland in game 2 at Quickens Loan Arena on Wednesday at 7 pm.

“Weve been in all these situations before — won by a lot, lost by a lot, ” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Everybody knows, they're all pros".

The Rockets went 12-of-27 from 3-point range in the first half, already hitting more shots from beyond the arc than in any first-round contest.

“Its definitely tough to take. Cleveland seemed like they couldn't miss when it came to scoring but when they did like James it nearly wanted you to take a drink, (like a beer) and fans chanting "MVP" as they close out the quarter leading by twenty-two, 96-74. “But lose by 40, lose by two, at the end of the day, its a loss. Monday's game was their first since a first-round sweep of IN ended April 23.

He mentioned how the Raptors will say they can beat the Cavaliers, but do they mentally believe that they can? He went on to commend Houston's performance but lamented his teams execution which he felt played right into Houston's hands. James grabbed the bottle and acted like he was going to take a sip. He has trouble getting off his shots against quicker defenders and keeping up defensively with the cutters as they attack his feet.

Powell said Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan typically text teammates about a meal or a team gathering on the off-day. We had the same record. "We have to go in with that confidence and that feeling and say, 'Hey, they put their trousers on one leg at a time, too, and one shoe at a time'". The Raptors didn't really cut into the lead until garbage time.

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He needs 25 points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second place in National Basketball Association playoff scoring history.

Had the Raptors shot the ball the way they did in the regular season, they would've hit approximately eight of those 19 shots, including four of 11 from deep, for 20 points.

Watching the Rockets torch the Spurs defense from beyond the arc was incredible, in the most terrifying way possible. "This guy is no different but, it's a team game". “Theyll respond, ” coach Mike DAntoni said.

"They're a good team, we know that".

"They were off for a week and they were fresh, but it wasn't like we had just finished playing", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.

Powell, who doesn't have the size, length or strength to defend James for very long, was 3-for-11 from the field, including 2-for-7 on 3-pointers.

• INJURY UPDATE: None to report. LaMarcus Aldridge was a passenger for most of the game and couldn't even post-up Ryan Anderson. We can't get caught up in making that part of the game.

Game 2 is Wednesday night. Cleveland has shot 51.5% in three home playoff games this year, 43% on the road and averaged 23.7 assists at home, just 17 on the road.

LeBron's got an National Basketball Association team's playoff aspirations to crush. The Raptors blew a 25-point lead to Milwaukee in the first round, while the Cavs overcame a 25-point deficit and pulled off the biggest second-half rally in playoff history.

James scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Kyrie Irving added 24 points and 10 assists and Kevin Love had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Cavaliers ripped the visiting Raptors 116-105 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup.