The Cleveland Cavaliers win a big game on the road 94-91 against the Toronto Raptors. Cavaliers improve to 2-0 and Raptors fall to 1-1 on the season. For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points on 10 of 23 from the field to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and drained five three-pointers. Irving hit a clutch three pointer with 44 seconds remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers a 94-91 lead. LeBron James dropped in 21 points on 7 of 16 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out seven assists.
Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 18 points on 6 of 15 from the floor, gathered 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Tristan Thompson put up a double-double with 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds. Iman Shumpert added six points on merely 1 of 4 from the field, caught four rebounds, and stripped away three steals. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love scored 65 of the teams 94 points. The big three were productive for the Cavaliers, but the rest of the team did not contribute much as the Cavaliers only scored 10 points from their bench.
The Cavaliers shot 41.8 percent from the field, and shot a respectable 37.5 percent on 12 of 32 from three-point range. The Cavaliers did play sloppy as they had 17 turnovers in this game. The Cavaliers played good defense and they got enough stops on defense to win this game. The Cavaliers allowed the Raptors to score only 94 points, and they held the Raptors to 39 percent shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Channing Frye’s mother passed away after a long battle with cancer, and Frye did not travel with the team to Toronto. The Cavaliers play again tonight and will host the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James said, “It was a good test for us. It’s fun to have games like that throughout the regular season, it sharpens your sword.”
For the Raptors, DeMar Derozan led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 28 from the floor including seven rebounds, and two steals. Derozan drove to the basket and slam dunked over Tristan Thompson in the fourth quarter and the crowd started going nuts. Kyle Lowry logged 17 points on just 5 of 16 from the field, and gave out four assists. Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double with 10 points on merely 5 of 15 from the field, picked up 17 rebounds, and blocked one shot. DeMarre Carrol racked up eight points on 2 of 7 from the field, nabbed six rebounds, stripped away two steals, and blocked two shots. Cory Joseph contributed with eight points on 4 of 7 from the field off the pine.
Rookie Jakob Poeltl poured in seven points, and plucked seven rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Jared Sullinger did not play in this game for the Raptors as he recovers from foot surgery. The Raptors really struggled shooting in this game as they shot 39 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 25 percent on 4 of 16 from three-point distance. The Raptors did shoot an excellent 94.4 percent on 17 of 18 from the foul line. The Raptors out-rebounded the Cavs 51-40.
The Raptors only gave up 94 points on defense, but they did not execute on offense well enough to win this game. The Raptors had never led in the entire game until 2 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after Lowry made both of his free throws to give the Raptors a 89-88 lead. The Raptors had a chance to win this game, and the game was tied under a minute left until Irving made a big three-pointer. Patrick Patterson missed an open three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game which would have tied the game 94-94 had he made that shot. The Raptors will look to bounce back next game on Monday against the Denver Nuggets.