It started with the very first play of the game.

Chris Paul lobbed the ball to a soaring Blake Griffin, and after just eight seconds had passed Friday night, the Los Angeles Clippers had their first dunk and had set the tone. They were going to be strong, aggressive and were not going to show any mercy.

"We were soft, on our heels," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said afterward. "And I thought the first play was kind of indicative of the whole game."

Predictably, the Cavaliers were overpowered by the Clippers, 105-89 at The Q in front of a sellout crowd of 20,562. The Cavaliers were dominated in the paint, outscored 50-28, and outmatched by big men and guards alike as the Clippers recorded 11 dunks and Paul tallied 15 assists.

It came without point guard Kyrie Irving, who sat his third game with a sore right knee. Not that anyone would use that as an excuse.