Raptors Rapid Recap: Cleveland 126 Toronto 118

- On a night when most people are focusing on hockey, the Raps put on quite a display forcing the league's best into an overtime session. Despsite not having Chris Bosh for the fourth game in a row the Raps put up a valiant effort only to fall short in the extra session.

- After a lackluster effort against the Blazers the Raps got great efforts from virtually every player who saw the floor save for one or two exceptions. Stepping up big for the Raps were Jarrett Jack, Reggie Evans and Hedo Turkoglu. Jack played an almost flawless offensive game while Reggie Evans was a man possessed. Turk, who has now played some good "ball" the past week had a few clutch buckets in the fourth.

- Another big reason the Raps were able to stay in the game was they did a much better job protecting the basketball. The Raps only had 10 turnovers on the evening which was key as the Cavs love to run and get easy hoops in transition off the opposing teams miscues. If the Raps had done a better job on the glass I am not so sure the Cavs would have won this game.

- LeBron James had a bit of a rough evening in that the Raps were playing him tough and really putting a body on him. Although James once again filled the stat sheet I am not sure what else the team could have done to slow him down. His ability create space and get shots, even with guys draped all over him, sets him apart from 99% of the players in the league. He was clutch down the stretch and took whatever the Raps threw at him.

- The Cavaliers were just too much in the end. Even though this was a loss you have to be impressed with the effort put forth by the Raptors.

- Go CANADA Go!

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