LeBron James finished with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, J.R. Smith contributed 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday 113-112 to take a 1-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Kyle Korver scored 19 points, including the triple to take the lead in overtime for Cleveland, who was never in front in regular time. Tristan Thompson finished with 14 points and 12 boards for the Cavaliers, who have eliminated Toronto in each of the last two postseasons.
For Toronto, Fred VanVleet missed a triple 3.4 seconds from the end of overtime, which could have meant the win for the Raptors. Toronto did not know how to maintain a 14-point lead in the first period.
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds, Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and 10 assists and DeMar DeRozan finished with 22 points for the Raptors, which will host the second game of the series, on Thursday night.
Jeff Green collaborated with 16 points and Kevin Love picked up 13 boards for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers beat the Raptors in six games in the 2016 Eastern Conference final en route to their first NBA title. Last year, Cleveland swept Toronto in the second round.
Korver’s three-pointer in extra time put the Cavaliers in front for the first time in the match, 108-105.
Lowry’s three-point play put the score 113-112 with 57 seconds left and after a Cavaliers infraction, Toronto had the chance to win the game, but VanVleet failed his attempt.