Cavaliers run all over short-handed Toronto Raptors, 144-99; Team is 5th in NBA Eastern Conference

*The Cavaliers were still without three starters and several reserves, still under the league’s health and safety protocol, but Bickerstaff inserted Kevin Love into the starting lineup

*Cavs started erupting over the final three quarters to blow out the Raptors, 144-99, in a battle between shorthanded squads at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

*Cruising to their 20th win of the season, Cleveland has now won 11 of its 14, all of those victories by double-figures and by an overall average of 22.3 points per

*Love finished with 22 points in just 18 minutes of work, going 7-for-12 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from long-range, leading the starters with nine boards to go with two assists and a steal

*Darius Garland also finished with 22 points – his fourth straight game topping the 20-point plateau – going 9-for-17 from the floor, leading both teams with eight assists to go with a pair of steals in the win.

*Garland was one of three Cavaliers with at least six assists – as the Wine & Gold handed out a season-high 39 helpers on 56 made field goals on Sunday night. Cleveland also drilled a season-best 22 three-pointers, going 22-of-52 from long-range in the victory

*Lauri Markkanen added 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, adding seven boards and a blocked shot

*Dean Wade chipped in with a season-high 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting and Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, six dimes and a game-high three steals

*Denzel Valentine poured in a season-high 17 points in 26 inspired minutes off the bench, going 5-of-9 from deep to go with a season-best nine boards. He led a group of Cavalier reserves that combined for 47 points

*Toronto’s Yuta Watanabe led both teams, finishing with career-bests in both points (26) and rebounds (13)

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 22 points. Here in action against the Washington Wizards, Feb 6, 2017; photo by By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
Darius Garland scored 22 points as well for Cleveland. Here he is in 2019 action. By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Cavaliers are back in action tonight at 8:00 as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.

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