Raptors spread the ball around in lopsided win over Cavaliers


No quick remedy for the Cavaliers exists at this point with just four weeks remaining before the trade deadline arrives.

Either that or whatever lesson was driven home was quickly forgotten because an understaffed Raptors squad made a mockery of the Cavs so-called defence.

Coming off its 28-point embarrassing loss to the Timberwolves, the 34-point loss to Toronto was even worse. "Two different styles that they play with".

But James had two chances in the final two seconds to win it and missed both opportunities - after Victor Oladipo gave in the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game. So that will be a deciding factor in how long I'll play, but right now I feel great. In Minnesota, James scored exactly 10 points for his lowest scoring game in 10 years. He would return briefly in the second quarter to reach a first-half double-double with 11 boards and 11 rebounds until a third foul put him back on the bench.

The Raptors were led by sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet, who dropped 22 points in the absence of Lowry, though Delon Wright got the start at point.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be in the postseason once again this year - barring a massive catastrophe, of course. It's the best team of the era.

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James finished with 26 points for Cleveland who has lost six of eight games going back to a defeat to defending champion Golden State on Christmas Day. He's going to need time to find his niche alongside the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Love. It also marks the third game in row in which Cleveland has allowed 127 or more points. They came out charged up and never let their foot off the gas.

With the James-led Cavs in town, Toronto put on a show in its first USA national broadcast of the season. Just gotta find a way to get out of it.

The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 223 points with Cleveland set as a 1.5-point favorite. Especially since they are playing a LeBron James run team.

James was understandably frustrated, and he was caught on cameras in the first half of the game lashing out at his team-mates and assistant coach Phil Handy, after Pascal Siakam dunked with little resistance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have arguably one of the deepest rosters in the league this season, but much like last season, they have been struggling on the defensive end and they will have to address the problem if they want to book another trip to the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals. And all of those things are true right now. Cleveland's defense definitely looked exposed in this game, often giving up line drives to the basket from Delon Wright and Norman Van Vleet, among others, but they took away DeMar DeRozan quite successfully for most of the game.