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Love leads Cavaliers past Grizzlies 106-76

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The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like the defending Eastern Conference champs. The Memphis Grizzlies looked like a royal mess.

Kevin Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Richard Jefferson had 14 points and Cleveland built a big early advantage and wrecked the Grizzlies' season opener with a 106-76 victory Wednesday night.

 

Cleveland capitalised on Memphis’ shooting woes, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter and extending the margin to 32 in the fourth. The Cavaliers lost their season opener to the Bulls 97-95 on Tuesday night.

LeBron James, Jared Cunningham and Matthew Dellavedova had 12 points each, with James 4 of 13 from the field. Jefferson was five of six, including all three 3-point tries, part of Cleveland shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 12 points apiece. Gasol and Tony Allen (six points) were the only Memphis players to make at least half their shots, and the Grizzlies shot 35 percent.

Memphis erased some of Cleveland's first-half advantage, but the deficit was too deep to overcome after halftime, particularly since the Cavaliers shot so well from 3-point range.

In today's best game of the day, the Wolves edged the Lakers 112-111.

Results: LA Clippers 111 beat Sacramento Kings 104; New Orleans Pelicans 94 lost to Portland Trailblazers 112; Dallas Mavericks 111 beat Phoenix Suns 95; San Antonio Spurs 106 lost to Oklahoma City Thunder 112; New York Knicks 122 beat Milwaukee Bucks 97; Denver Nuggets 105 beat Houston Rockets 85; Indiana Pacers 99 lost to Toronto Raptors 106; Charlotte Bobcats 94 lost to Miami Heat 104; Utah Jazz 87 lost to Detroit Pistons 92; Chicago Bulls 115 beat Brooklyn Nets 100; Philadelphia 76ers 95 lost to Boston Celtics 112

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