Raptors vs. Cavs: Score, updates, highlights from Game 1 of East semifinals | NBA

It’s the Eastern Conference heavyweight battle we’ve all been waiting for, but things are a little bit different for the Raptors and Cavs this time around.

Cleveland enters Tuesday night’s Game 1 matchup coming off a tough first-round series in which LeBron James needed to use all of his powers to push the Cavs past the Pacers. It will be a quick turnaround for Tyronn Lue’s squad after Sunday afternoon’s Game 7 victory. That could be a big reason why sportsbooks view the Cavs as underdogs — yes, LeBron is an underdog — against the Raptors.

On the other side, Toronto has enjoyed three days of rest after eliminating the Wizards on Friday night. The depth issue could be a deciding factor against the Cavs, as the Raptors’ second unit is capable of swinging games against lesser reserves. But the talented backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will need to play at a high level and can’t rely on the bench to carry Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals.

Can the Raptors finally defeat James and the Cavs in a playoff series? Follow along here for live updates from Game 1.

Raptors vs. Cavs: Score, highlights, updates

Game 1 box score | Play-by-play

10:28 p.m. ET — Serge Ibaka misses the 3-pointer… but he’s fouled by LeBron James! The bad news for the Raptors is Ibaka may have tweaked his ankle when landing after the shot. He fights through the pain to hit all three free throws.

Raptors 105, Cavs 101 with less than two minutes to go.

10:21 p.m. ET — Block party at Air Canada Centre! You’re all invited!

10:15 p.m. ET — We’ve got a close one in Toronto! The Cavs are draining big 3-pointers to keep it a one-possession game. Raptors 102, Cavs 99 with 4:18 left in regulation.

10:08 p.m. ET — Uh oh. Fred VanVleet is back on the bench with what appears to be an ice pack on his right shoulder. It’s possible he re-aggravated the injury that kept him out of most of the first round.

10:00 p.m. ET — Delon Wright loves a good shot fake. Practice the fundamentals, kids.

End of third quarter: Raptors 87, Cavs 82

9:51 p.m. ET — The Raptors manage to hold the lead for the entirety of the third quarter, but these Cavs will not go away. Toronto can’t lose Kyle Korver along the perimeter because the sharpshooter is heating up. Pascal Siakam had a strong finish to the third on both ends. He’s giving the Raptors some energy here, but Dwane Casey might not want to wait too long to throw the starters back on the floor.

9:39 p.m. ET — OK, LeBron James is just not fair.

9:33 p.m. ET — Playoff fun fact: J.R. Smith has passed Robert Horry for 10th place on the all-time list for 3-pointers made in postseason history. Shoutout to J.R. for never being shy about pulling the trigger.

9:26 p.m. ET — Jonas Valanciunas is doing work inside. The Raptors have built their lead back up to double digits early in the third.

Halftime: Raptors 60, Cavs 57

9:06 p.m. ET — You thought this series was over after one quarter? Nope. The Cavs storm back to win the second 38-27 and cut the deficit down to one point before heading into the locker room. Jeff Green came out of nowhere to score 13 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field. J.R. Smith got hot from 3-point range, and LeBron James is already flirting with a triple-double (11 points, seven assists, six rebounds).

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 25 points and eight assists in the first half, but the Raptors seemed to fall out of rhythm and get away from what worked in the first quarter. Toronto also must stay connected to the Cavs’ shooters along the 3-point line. There were far too many clean looks in the second period.

8:45 p.m. ET — LeBron James looks pretty explosive for a guy who logged the most first-round minutes of any player in the postseason.

8:45 p.m. ET — Challenge C.J. Miles to a duel at your own risk. He’s got the quickest hands in the East. Raptors 44, Cavs 32 with 6:36 left in the first half.

8:40 p.m. ET — What if you could watch DeMar DeRozan play like he’s Neo in “The Matrix” movies? Hey, there’s a camera for that!

End of first quarter: Raptors 33, Cavs 19

8:32 p.m. ET — That was an offensive clinic from the Raptors. Toronto shoots 65 percent from the field in the opening frame and scores 16 of their 33 points in the paint. It’s the same old story for the Cavs. Other than LeBron James, no one on this team looks like much of a scoring threat.

8:22 p.m. ET — DeMar DeRozan is getting buckets in the first quarter. He’s got nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. The Raptors are not seeing much resistance from the Cavs so far.

8:15 p.m. ET — So… LeBron James looks fine.

8:04 p.m. ET — Two quick buckets to start the game for the Raptors. The Air Canada Centre is full of energy and locked in.

7:46 p.m. ET — LeBron James averaged 34.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game in the first round of the playoffs. What will he do for an encore?

7:30 p.m. ET — Keep an eye on the Kevin Love vs. Serge Ibaka matchup. It could be an interesting subplot throughout the series.

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