Kyrie Irving 27 Pts Full Game Highlights – Raptors vs Cavaliers Game 1 May 17, 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Full Game Highlights
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kyrie Irving said he was “looking forward to his matchup” with Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry — even after the lopsided regular season battles between the two.
Irving backed up his words during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, outplaying his counterpart and leading the way in the Cavs’ 115-84 rout.
He got off to a quick start, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 from the field in the first quarter, erasing any concerns about the Cavs being rusty following another long layoff.
Most importantly, Irving’s scoring punch at the end of the first quarter allowed LeBron James to be fresh for the start of the second, something that wasn’t the case for the Raptors, who were burned by their substitution pattern.
With James sitting for the final 2:27 of the first period, the Cavs outscored the Raptors, 8-4, extending the lead to five points.
That’s when the Cavs started to bury the East’s overmatched two seed.
Refreshed and rejuvenated, the James-led group opened the quarter on a 9-0 spurt, as Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was forced to put Lowry and DeMar DeRozan back into the game on short rest. Casey tried getting the duo a brief blow after playing all but two seconds of the first period, but the Cavs’ five-man lineup, featuring James alongside four bench players, wouldn’t allow it.
Lowry and DeRozan looked gassed and overwhelmed and the Raptors’ offense stopped. By the time Irving returned midway through the second quarter, the Cavs were up by 18. The three-time NBA All-Star picked up where he left off, scoring six points to finish the quarter and leading the Cavs to a massive 22-point halftime lead.
Irving’s night was over after three quarters with 27 points on 11-of-17 from the field to go with a team-high five assists in 30 terrific minutes.