Raptors down Cavs to open season
Cleveland, OH – Jose Calderon finished with 15 points, 11 96 victory over the Cavaliers in their season opener.
Seven Toronto players scored in double figures. In addition to Calderon, DeMar DeRozan had 15, while Ed Davis and Leandro Barbosa both netted 14 points. Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson scored 13 apiece, while Jerryd Bayless ended with 10.
The Raptors shot better than 53 percent in winning their first game under new head coach Dwane Casey. He was named to the position in June, after Toronto had gone 22-60 during the 2010-11 season under Jay Triano.
The Cavaliers were playing their first game with rookie guard Kyrie Irving, who they selected first overall in the June draft. Irving started, but struggled in just more than 26 minutes, shooting only 2-of-12 and scoring six points. He did, however, total seven assists to only one turnover.
Ramon Sessions scored 18 points off the bench to lead Cleveland.