LeBron leads, others follow

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll. [Reuters]

LeBron James sparked defending NBA champion Cleveland over Toronto while James Harden powered the Houston Rockets to an epic rout of San Antonio in second-round playoff openers on Monday night.

James scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Kyrie Irving added 24 points and 10 assists and Kevin Love had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Cavaliers ripped the visiting Raptors 116-105 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James hit 13-of-23 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line while Tristan Thompson contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who James warned will be better in Game Two.

"I feel like I'll be a lot better on Wednesday," James said. "Little bit of rhythm here and conditioning there, I think a lot of our mistakes we were able to cover up for because our energy level was high."

Harden had 20 points and 14 assists while Trevor Ariza scored 23 points and Clint Capela contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Rockets dumped the host Spurs 126-99 to start their best-of-seven Western Conference series.

"It's just one win," Harden said. "It's a good win, but we've got to be ready for Game Two. They've got a lot of fight in them. We missed a few shots. We've got to play better in game two."

The Rockets sank a team playoff record 22 3-pointers on 50 attempts, inflicting the most 3-pointers allowed by the Spurs in playoff history.

San Antonio trailed by as many as 39 points in the team's largest game-one defeat in playoff history. The Spurs 69-39 half-time deficit was their worst in playoff history.

"We lost and they won and they played better," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We competed but I don't think we executed well."

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Who will stop Jebet? Steeplechase, a race made in Kenya for Kenyans

Kiyeng ready for second bite at the cherry as new spirit looms in the air.

Gor are back at their home ground, so it is time to fill up the stadium!

It’s good news for the city fans of K’Ogalo; our home matches are now being held in Nairobi.

AFC need to wake up from their slumber and reclaim their rights

The cancellation of the SuperSport-KPL sponsorship deal was supposed to be a blessing in disguise, until KPL 'spoilt the party'.

Big names expected from tournament

Fifa World Cup U-20s may not rival their seniors when it comes to massive fan support, but it is no doubt a tournament worth following.

Juventus make Cuadrado's loan move from Chelsea permanent

Juventus have signed winger Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on a three-year contract for 20 million euros (17.29 million pounds) after the Colombia international's two seasons at the club on loan, the Italian champions said on Monday.

More Stories
Co-op Bank defeat Zetech in league contest

It was an awesome evening for Co-operative Bank basketball teams on Sunday evening at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League.

Curry switches Jazz off in Western Conference

Stephen Curry pulled off a razzle-dazzle spin move right around big Rudy Gobert at the perimeter, went in for a layup and raised his hands, begging the sellout crowd to do its thing.

LeBron leads, others follow

LeBron James sparked defending NBA champion Cleveland over Toronto while James Harden powered the Houston Rockets to an epic rout of San Antonio in second-round playoff openers on Monday night.

Warriors come out swinging, complete sweep of Trail Blazers

The Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs in emphatic style on Monday, with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.