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Cavaliers beat Raptors in Toronto

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown improvement as the season has progressed. Several young players have emerged to lead the team.

One of those players include J.J. Hickson scored 28 points to lead the Cavs to a 104-96 win over Toronto.

J.J. Hickson (file photo)

The Raptors, showing signs of fatigue throughout the game from playing their fourth game in five nights and were without the services of Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson, trailed from the opening tap, due to poor shooting and bad defense, fell behind by 22 points in the first half.

The Cavaliers had a nice distribution of points with Baron Davis scoring 19 and Ramon Sessions adding 15.

The crowd of 14,886 saw Jerryd Bayless score 28 points to lead the Raptors, followed by DeMar De Roazan with 19, Reggie Evans had a season-high 15 points and 13 rebounds and Sonny Weems chipped in with 17 points.

 

compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers & Toronto Raptors news

Cavs getting worse and worse; loses to Toronto

Byron Scott has hands full in Cleveland (file photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers the five seasons prior to this nightmare year, used to be one of the best defensive teams in the league under former coach Mike Brown. But now, they’re one of the worst.

The Cavs are a complete mess and yes, LeBron James is one of the reasons. They lost to Toronto 120-105.

Defensively, the Cavs gave up 62 points in the lane and allowed the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA to shoot 50 percent from the three-point area and 56.8 percent overall.

Cleveland has lost eight straight and 18th in the last 19 games to drop to 8-27.

The Raptors were led by Andrea Bargnani with 25 points and eight rebounds, Leandro Barbosa with 22 points for the second time this season and Jose Calderon added 20 points with a season-high 17 assists.

The Cavs, playing without J.J. Hickson, because he missed a mandatory practice earlier in the week and Anthony Parker with a bad back, were led by Antawn Jamison with 32 points who made 5 of 7 three-point goals.

The Cavaliers will not be home again until January 19. Cleveland is just 3-16 on the road and has lost 15 in a row.

compiled from NBA & Cleveland Cavaliers news

Raptors run over Cavaliers, 101-81

Andrea Bargnani (File Photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers in this new season do not have LeBron James around anymore, so the remaining starters from last year have to pick up the slack.

Friday night, they were without Mo Williams (groin injury) and Anderson Varejao, who stayed back in Cleveland to be with his father who had heart surgery.

That spelled disaster in their game against the Toronto Raptors in Canada.

The Cavs were never in any kind of rhythm offensively or defensively. They shot 38.1 percent from the field with 19 turnovers.

The Raptors, usually a team the Cavs beat, but not this time. They shot 47.6 percent from the floor, scored 25 fast-break points and dominated the backboards, 46-33.

The Cavaliers had trouble stopping Andrea Bargnani, who always has given them problems. He scored 20 points while Reggie Evans chipped in with 14 rebounds.

compiled from staff, NBA & Cleveland Cavaliers news

No Shaq, No Bosh, Cavs and Raptors play an old ABA-style game

LeBron James (CTV globe)

Friday night’s game in Toronto between the Cavaliers and the Raptors was missing two All-Star centers, Shaquille O’Neal (sprained right thumb) and Chris Bosh (left ankle). You probably thought both teams would have trouble scoring?

Not exactly! Both teams ran up and down the floor like it was a game from the old ABA days with the red, white and blue ball to the tune of a 126-118 score. Plus, the game went into overtime.

The lowlight for the Cavaliers was the fact that they gave up 50 points in the paint. But the saving grace was their free throw shooting, 31 of 36 and the two stars of the game, LeBron James and newly-acquired forward, Antwan Jamison. James scored 36 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 9 assists. Jamison, playing out of position at center in overtime, scored 22 with 11 rebounds.

Speaking of overtime, Cleveland outscored Toronto, 15-7  much to the dismay of the raucus crowd at the Air Canada Centre. Mo Williams made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and finished with 22 points. Delonte West contributed 15 points for the Cavs, which won its third straight.

Toronto, who is always tough on the Cavs, were led by Jarrett Jack and Andrea Bargnani each scored 24 points, while Hedo Turkoglu had 18 before fouling out in overtime. Cleveland has won 15 of their past 18 meetings with the Raptors.

Cleveland led 105-98 with 3:39 to go, but Bargnani hit a jumper, Turkoglu made a layup and Antione Wright made a pair of free throws to cut it to 105-104, with 2:12 remaining. LeBron James ended the run with two free throws but Turkoglu tied it at 107 with a 3-pointer from the wing, then gave the Raptors a 109-107 lead with a rebound-dunk on Jarrett Jack’s missed layup with 50.6 seconds remaining.

James made a layup to tie it and Jack made two free throws but LeBron answered with yet another driving layup, making it 111-111 with 13 seconds left.

Both teams missed 3-point shots inside the last 2 seconds of the game to send it into overtime.

After playing all game with no defense, The Cavs suddenly found it in overtime and it helped key the run to close out the game. Mo Williams made 3-pointers on Cleveland’s first two possessions in overtime and Toronto never challenged again, as they shot 1 of 8 in the extra session.

Game Notes

*Shaquille O’Neal is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday. He ate dinner in the media lounge while watching Olympic speed skating on TV.

* Chris Bosh missed his fourth straight game for Toronto.

* Cleveland recalled forward Darnell Jackson from the Erie BayHawks on Friday.

* Actress Elisha Cuthbert of the Fox TV hit show “24″ and boyfriend Dion Phaneuf attended the game as did Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey.