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scored 30 points in his playoff
debut and LeBron James added
20 in his first postseason game
with Cleveland in five years as the
Cavaliers opened a run toward an
NBA title with a 113-100 victory
over the Boston Celtics on Sun-
Irving made five three-pointers
and Kevin Love, another postseason
rookie, had 19 points and 12
It was Cleveland s first home
playoff game since May 11, 2010,
when the Celtics won Game 5 and
James left the floor to some boos
from Cavaliers fans. He departed
for Miami two months later, but
he s home now, all is forgiven and
Cleveland is aiming to end a cham-
pionship drought dating to 1964.
Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points
to lead the seventh-seeded Celtics.
They will try to even the best-of-
7 series in Game 2 tonight.
The Cavs built a 20-point lead
in the third quarter, let the Celtics
get as close as six and then finished
the quarter with a 9-0 run---capped
by a three-pointer by James Jones---
to take a 15-point lead. Boston
climbed within 10, but Love made
a crucial three-pointer with 3:32
left to slow Boston.
In Los Angeles: Chris Paul
scored 32 points, and Blake Griffin
added 26 points and 12 rebounds,
as Los Angeles surged in the second
half to beat San Antonio 107-92 in
their first-round playoff series
Jamal Crawford added 17 points
for the Clippers, who met the
defending NBA champions chal-
lenge in a difficult postseason-
opening matchup for two powers.
Griffin threw down his usual array
of roof-raising dunks, while Paul
quarterbacked Los Angeles to an
18-point lead in the third quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points
for the Spurs, who had won the
opening game in their previous 11
playoff series. Tim Duncan had 11
points and 11 rebounds but the
Spurs couldn t rally from their hefty
Game 2 is tomorrow night.
In Atlanta: Kyle Korver scored
21 points, including five three-
pointers, as the top-seeded Atlanta
Hawks held off the Brooklyn Nets
99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern
Conference playoff series.
Teague and DeMarre Carroll
scored 17 points apiece.
Eighth-seeded Brooklyn finished
22 games behind the Hawks and
slipped into the playoffs on the final
day. But, with Johnson and Brook
Lopez each scoring 17 points, they
didn t look overmatched by a team
that won the season series 4-0 and
earned a No 1 seed for the first time
Game 2 is tomorrow night in
In Memphis: Reserve Beno Udrih
scored 20 points and Memphis
never trailed in routing Portland
100-86 in Game 1 of the Western
Conference first-round series in
Zach Randolph had 16 points
and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol
added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Mike Conley finished with 16 points
and didn t play the fourth quarter.
Jeff Green had 11.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland
with 32 points while taking more
shots than anyone had ever taken
against Memphis in the postseason,
going 13 of 34. Damian Lillard added
14 points, shooting 5 of 21 overall
and 0 of 6 beyond the arc. Nicolas
Batum had 15 points. The Trail Blaz-
ers have lost five straight overall.
Game 2 is tomorrow night. (AP)
'Big 3' lead Cavs past
Celtics in Game 1
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) is fouled by Boston Celtics' Avery
Bradley (0) while shooting in the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA
playoff basketball game Sunday night in Cleveland. Irving made the
basket and the free throw on his way to a 30-point afternoon in the
Cavaliers' 113-100 win. AP PHOTO
SOCHI---The Russian sports min-
ister said yesterday he is in talks
with the governing body of bas-
ketball for the country to bid to
host the 2023 World Cup.
Vitaly Mutko said "we spoke with
FIBA" about the tournament during
the SportAccord conference in
Russia failed in a bid to host the
2019 competition when FIBA
decided last month that the tour-
nament should be held in Asia. The
two remaining candidates are China
and the Philippines.
Previously, FIBA has said that
three other failed bidders from
2019---Germany, Turkey and
Qatar---have been shortlisted for
the 2023 tournament.
Even though the Soviet Union
was a three-time world basketball
champion, a successful 2023 bid
would mark the first time Russia
has hosted the competition.
It would also be the first time
the World Cup has visited Eastern
Europe since 1970, when Yugoslavia
served as host of the tournament.
Mutko also said Russia has been
offered the chance to hold the 2017
world amateur boxing champi-
onships in Sochi, the host city of
last year s Winter Olympics.
That would be the first time the
championship has been held in
Russia since Moscow hosted it in
1989, when it was part of the Soviet
Russia eyes 2023 basketball W Cup bid
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