Break for Houston, 1-0 for Cavs

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Aris Barkas

02/May/17 10:00

Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets stormed past San Antonio 126-99, the Spurs’ worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich.

By Eurohoops team/

The Rockets were 22 for 50 behind the arc, the most 3s attempted and made against the Spurs in their long postseason history. Houston had six players in double figures, including 20 points and 13 rebounds from Swiss big man Clint Capela.

From the other side French star Tony Parker added 11 points, while Spaniard Pau Gasol had 6 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian forward Davis Bertans contributed 3 rebounds.

In the East, LeBron James even grabbed a bottle of beer on the sideline while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled Toronto 116-105 in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

For the losing side Spaniard Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 6 rebounds, Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas added 6 points and 6 rebounds, while Austrian Jakob Poeltl scored 2 points.