CLEVELAND, April 22 (Ticker) -- In his first playoff game, LeBron James displayed much more verve than nerves.

James scored 32 points and notched a triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers shut down the high-scoring trio of the Washington Wizards for a 97-86 victory in Game One of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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Donyell Marshall scored an efficient 19 points for fourth-seeded Cleveland, which dominated every facet of the game and looked nothing like a team playing its first postseason contest in eight years.

It was James who led the Cavaliers to the playoffs and the 21-year-old wunderkind did not disappoint anyone in his debut on the postseason stage. He overcame some early anxiety and gave Cleveland control with a spectacular surge late in the first quarter.

In all, James made 12-of-27 shots and collected 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He played all but three-tenths of a second and heard chants of "MVP!" throughout the game.

"It's a God-given talent," James said. "I don't know how the boxscore will end up at the end of the game. I just try to go out there and play hard and play my game."

"I had no idea that (James) had a triple-double," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "He never ceases to amaze me. The things that he does offensively just blow you away."

James became the third player in NBA history to register a triple-double in his playoff debut, joining Johnny McCarthy (1960) and Magic Johnson (1980).

While James had no jitters, the fifth-seeded Wizards looked wide-eyed. They did very little right as Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler - the highest-scoring trio in the NBA - were neutralized.

Averaging better than 67 points during the season, the trio was limited to 21 points on 8-of-33 shooting through three quarters before padding their numbers in the final period.

"I thought our guys did a solid job of making the paint look crowded," Brown said. "And when they did kick the ball to their shooters, I thought we tried to contest."

"We didn't want them to get in a comfort zone," James added.

A three-point play by Arenas gave Washington an 18-18 tie before James took over. In just two minutes, he made a 3-pointer, a three-point play and three free throws before finding Marshall for a 3-pointer and a 30-18 lead.

"It was 18-18 and you just want to close the quarter the right way," James said. "I was able to get in the seams and attack and hit some jumpers, and I'm always looking for Donyell."

The Cavaliers led by double digits for all but 77 seconds thereafter as the Wizards could not find a rhythm. Washington shot less than 41 percent (29-of-71), including 3-of-22 from the arc, and missed 11 free throws.

James got some help from Eric Snow, who knocked down a handful of jumpers and scored 14 points, and Marshall, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help maintain the lead.

"I thought we did a decent job (of defending James) early, four minutes I guess, and then he started breaking us down and making shots," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "Then we tried to double-team those pick and rolls and he started finding people."

"We said we would keep (James) off his right hand. He went right all night," Arenas said. "That is why he had a triple-double against us."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Flip Murray scored 10 points each for the Cavs, who shot 44 percent (38-of-87), held a 52-36 rebounding advantage and committed just 10 turnovers. Game Two is here Tuesday.

"It felt great - the energy, the crowd," said Ilgauskas, a rookie when the Cavaliers made their last playoff appearance in 1998. "You don't know how much you missed it."

"(Washington) didn't come out and play as well as they are capable of playing," Marshall said. "I expect them to come back in Game Two and play a lot better than they did tonight."

Arenas scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter but made just 7-of-20 shots and fouled out. Jamison and Butler each scored five of their 11 points in the final period.

"That was certainly playoff basketball by the Cavaliers and it wasn't playoff basketball by the Wizards," Jordan said. "I thought we tried to make a run, but you don't make a run if they score, if you don't get stops."

Jared Jeffries scored 15 points and Antonio Daniels added 14 for Washington, which reached the conference semifinals a year ago.

"Coach probably thought I wasn't giving it out there," Arenas said. "I tried to come out in the fourth quarter strong. The first three quarters I tried to get everybody involved and help. I wasn't aggressive enough."