Tuesday , Dec , 09 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors go for five in a row

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors try to extend their
season-best winning streak to five games tonight when they travel to Cleveland
to take on LeBron James and the Cavaliers at Gund Arena in a Central Division
battle.

Toronto comes into tonight’s game with a perfect 4-0 record since it acquired
swingman Jalen Rose and forwards Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter from the
Chicago Bulls for center Antonio Davis and forwards Jerome Williams and Chris
Jefferies.

On Sunday, Vince Carter scored 30 points, including nine in the fourth
quarter, as the Raptors rallied late en route to a 108-98 win over the Seattle
SuperSonics at the Air Canada Centre. Rose and Chris Bosh each registered
double- doubles for the Raptors.

Bosh finished with 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, while Rose
collected 18 points and 10 assists in the victory.

The Raptors, who have won four of their last five on the road, are 4-6 as the
visitor this season.

The Cavaliers, who come into tonight’s contest fresh off a home victory, will
be playing the second of a four-game homestand tonight.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Cleveland past
Atlanta, 95-85, at Gund Arena on Saturday. With the win the Cavaliers halted
an eight-game losing streak.

Jason Kapono added a career-high 16 points off the bench, while the rookie
phenom James finished with eight points, six boards and five assists for the
Cavaliers, who have won all five of their games at home.

Darius Miles had 15 points off the pine and Carlos Boozer chipped in 12 and 10
rebounds in the win for the Cavs, who ended a six-game skid against Atlanta.

The Cavaliers are 5-3 at home.

In 2002-03, Cleveland won three of the four meetings with the Raptors, winning
twice at home and once at Air Canada Centre.

Overall, these two teams have split the last six contests. Toronto has lost
two straight and three of its last four at Cleveland.

CLE TOR