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Raptors Vs. Cavaliers: Cleveland Falls 104-96 To Toronto In Opener

Top overall draft pick Kyrie Irving struggled in his regular season NBA debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers as Cleveland lost 104-96 to the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday night.

Irving, the former Duke point guard and top draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, started but made just 2-12 shots from the field and finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 minutes in his first game. Meanwhile, backup point guard Ramon Sessions delivered a strong performance for the Cavaliers with 18 points including 2-4 on three-pointers in 21 minutes off the bench.

In a matchup between teams that finished last (Cleveland) and second-to-last (Toronto) in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors took control in a 29-19 second quarter after the game was tied after one quarter. Cleveland led 23-21 with 22 seconds to go in the first quarter but did not lead again.

Toronto had three players off its bench score in double figures: Leandro Barbosa (14), Ed Davis (14) and Jerryd Bayless (10).

Cleveland, 0-1, takes to the road for a pair of intra-division games against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.