The Toronto Raptors continue to have the Cleveland Cavaliers in their head, as the visitors from Ohio defeated the hosts 113-112 in overtime at the Air Canada Centre.
The Cavaliers have eliminated the Raptors in each of the past two years, and that apparently still weighs heavily on the home side even with Toronto being the favourites as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James has made seven straight finals and that's a mental hump for the rest of the Eastern Conference to overcome.
The Raptors had three chances in the final five seconds of regulation to push past the Cavaliers, but couldn't find the net.
Leading the way for the Cavaliers was James, as the 33-year old small forward from Akron, Ohio had a game high 26 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and passing out 13 assists for a triple-double for the contest.
Cleveland takes home court advantage heading into Game 2, which now shapes up as a "must win" for Toronto if they look to stay competitive in this second round series.
DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors in defeat, as the 28-year old shooting guard from Compton, California had a team high 22 points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists for the game.
Toronto struggled down the stretch, as the Raptors shot 5 for 24 in the fourth quarter.
The already key Game 2 will be at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night before the series heads to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Cleveland are 9/2 for the NBA Championship, with Toronto 4999/1.
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