After coming off what was arguably their best offensive performance yet against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Toronto Raptors clawed their way to the next win making it look easy again.
The Raptors started this game relatively slow. With less than four minutes into the game, the Dinos trailed 26-8. While all hope seemed lost, the Raps exploded in the second quarter scoring 35 points. Lou Williams was dynamite as he recorded a career-high 36 points to turn the opening deficit into a blowout lead.
While Williams' heroics were thrashing Cleveland, the Raptors bench did an excellent job as well as they outscored the Cavs' second unit 51-19.
Kyle Lowry also played an important role in this game as well. After two fouls, Lowry got his act together and took charge of the lead that got the Raps running ahead in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Lou. He shot 9-of-19 from the field as the Raptors were up by 19. He also had a highlight reel buzzer beating three putting the Raptors up by two at halftime. In addition, Williams made it to the free throw line on numerous occasions, sinking all of his 15 free throws. He ended the game with +37.
After his poor shooting display against the Bucks Friday night, it looks like DeMar DeRozan got his act back together. He was frustrated trying to get LeBron James off his back but was finally able to do so in the second half when he started driving to the painted area instead of trying to chuck multiple jump shots over James. Instead of forcing his shots, he found a better opportunity to get easy buckets without the added difficulty.
With the Cavs at 5-7, this is now LeBron's worst start since 2003, his rookie season. James finished the game with 15 points and 10 assists. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had a combined 44 points but it wasn't enough.
Shawn Marion and Dion Waiters also couldn't contribute much as they went a combined 4-of-15 from the field.
As for Toronto, the team has now won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history.
The good news also keeps rolling in. According to ESPN.com, Tyler Hansborough (sprained right shoulder) and James Johnson (sprained right ankle) will be re-evaluated Sunday in Toronto. Hansborough sat out his second straight game while Johnson missed his third straight game.
The Raptors will now return home as they prepare to take on the Phoenix Suns at the Air Canada Centre.
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