The Cleveland Cavaliers were not taking any prisoners in the first quarter of their opening-game conference semifinals matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
Already up 26-16 in the first quarter, Cavs guard Iman Shumpert made his first impression of the series. He drove from just beyond the three-point line, seeing no real defense from Toronto in the process.
Then with a tremendous rim protector in Serge Ibaka waiting, Shumpert made sure Cleveland’s friends up north knew what was up.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 1, 2017
Yes, that’s an emphatic dunk, one that could set the stage for the series early on.
By virtue of strong play from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James as well as that one dunk by Shumpert, Cleveland took a 30-18 lead after the first quarter of Game 1.