The Cavs trailed for all four quarters of regulation in their Game 1 matchup with the Raptors, but once they finally jumped ahead, they didn't look back.
Behind LeBron James' triple-double (26 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds) and a surprisingly effective performance from Cleveland's supporting cast, the Cavs took a 1-0 series lead with a 113-112 overtime win at Air Canada Centre. Kyle Korver (19 points) and J.R. Smith (20 points) caught fire from the outside, and Jeff Green (16 points, team-high plus-10) and Tristan Thompson (14 points, 12 rebounds) gave the Cavs a significant boost off the bench.
The Raptors sprinted out to an early advantage, leading 33-19 after the first quarter, but they never created quite enough separation. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 40 points and 15 assists, but Toronto failed to find the bottom of the net when it mattered most, missing 15 of its last 18 attempts.
pic.twitter.com/NviVAZyiaI- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 2, 2018
The Raptors will look to bounce back at home in Game 2 on Thursday night. If you missed any of the action from Game 1, check out all of the highlights below...
Raptors vs. Cavs box score | Play-by-play
Final: Cavs 113, Raptors 112
10:56 p.m. ET - Fred VanVleet for the win... NO GOOD! The Cavs come down with the rebound and call timeout with 0.3 seconds. Cleveland inbounds the ball to run out the clock, and it's all over. The Cavs steal Game 1 in Toronto.
The @cavs come up big defensively and hold on for the Game 1 road victory!- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
CLE defeats @Raptors 113-112 in OT to take a 1-0 series lead!#WhateverItTakes #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/YC0hZiJDRW
10:52 p.m. ET - HUGE defensive stop by the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan switches the screen and sticks with LeBron James, forcing the shot clock violation. Raptors ball with 16.0 seconds.
10:50 p.m. ET - Kyle Lowry with the and-one! The Raptors still have some life. Toronto is down by one with under 40 seconds to go.
Kyle Lowry AND-1! 💪- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 2, 2018
One point game on TNT!#NBAPlayoffs | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/In3oViLik7
10:44 p.m. ET - The Cavs have their first lead of the game. A couple of big 3-pointers from Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith put Cleveland ahead by four. Cavs 111, Rpators 107 with 2:47 left.
JR Smith launches from the wing!#WhateverItTakes 111 | #WeTheNorth 107- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
2:47 to go in OT on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/1pKVI1cBgD
End of fourth quarter: Raptors 105, Cavs 105
10:40 p.m. ET - We've got overtime! LeBron James' jumper is just short, so we'll get five more minutes of playoff basketball. What a wild game.
It's a game of inches. 😬- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 2, 2018
We're headed to OT in Toronto!#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/sKOWxuxnDU
10:37 p.m. ET - The Raptors can't get a shot to fall! After multiple attempts near the basket, the Cavs finally grab the rebound. Less than a second on the clock here with a chance for a Cleveland buzzer-beater.
10:34 p.m. ET - WE ARE ALL TIED UP. LeBron James hits the equalizer with a beautiful fadeaway over OG Anunoby.
Raptors 105, Cavs 105 with 18.5 seconds on the clock. The Raptors have possession of the ball.
Clutch from The King! pic.twitter.com/OehPKHZOZ3- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
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!
DeMar DeRozan & LeBron James trade swats!#WeTheNorth 102 | #WhateverItTakes 101- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
3:12 to play on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/vkWptGyhuI
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.
JR Smith from the tough angle!@cavs are within one on @NBAonTNT- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
4:37 left in the 4th. #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/muXozL1qY0
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.
Delon Wright fakes and fires! 🎯🎯🎯#WeTheNorth up 6 in the 4th.- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/2go08fwzHG
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.
Ouuu spicyyyy pic.twitter.com/b2FrwDAPN2- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 2, 2018
9:39 p.m. ET - OK, LeBron James is just not fair.
OH MY, LEBRON! 😱#NBAPlayoffs | #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/qobaSP0qPK- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 2, 2018
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.
Swish leads the squad with 14 points at the break. 👌🏽#WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/5vtDsxAyIL- Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 2, 2018
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.
Give that man a double-double.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 2, 2018
11p - 12r pic.twitter.com/yzHs4VNkDz
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.
LBJ drives baseline for the reverse slam!- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
The King is up to 11 PTS, 6 AST, 4 REB on @NBAonTNT #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/GBIcXjhKcF
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.
CJ Miles quick catch and release from distance!@Raptors lead 40-32 in the 2nd on @NBAonTNT #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/roespO6LRq- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
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.
Lowry goes cross court to DeRozan for the jumper!#WeTheNorth 17 | #WhateverItTakes 12- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/zG29fci10t
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.
DeMar DeRozan with the tough reverse to start Game 1!#WeTheNorth x #WhateverItTakes- NBA (@NBA) May 2, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/0YT4EIREtf
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?
LeBron suits up for Round 2!- NBA (@NBA) May 1, 2018
🏀: #WhateverItTakes x #WeTheNorth Game 1
⏰: 8:00pm/et 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/gH3Tn6LJ79
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.
Kevin Love & Serge Ibaka warm up their jumpers in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/SB8mFMwsz5- NBA (@NBA) May 1, 2018