THE Toronto Raptors found an unlikely hero in Fred VanVleet, who sank six of the team’s 18 triples, to deal the Cleveland Cavaliers a second straight beatdown, 133-99, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Air Canada Centre.
With an injured Kyle Lowry and a suspended Serge Ibaka, the undermanned Raptors relentlessly attacked another lethargic defensive showing from the Cavaliers, who are coming off a 127-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
VanVleet led Toronto’s balanced scoring with 22 points off the bench, while CJ Miles added four triples to end up with 16 markers as the Raptors improved to 29-11. Pascal Siakam finished with 16 markers as well.
Jonas Valanciunas also had a big game with 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, while Norman Powell and DeMar DeRozan scored 14 and 13, respectively.
After a tight first quarter, the Raptors onslaught began in the second quarter, outscoring the Cavs 35-16 in the period. And Toronto didn’t let up, leading by as much as 35 in the fourth.
LeBron James was the lone bright spot for Cleveland (26-15) with 26 points. Jeff Green added 13 off the bench, while Jae Crowder and Kevin Love had 11 and 10 markers, respectively.