Monday , Nov , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron leads Cavs past winless Raptors

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – LeBron James had 27 points as the Cleveland
Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 105-93, at Air Canada Centre.

James shot 9-for-17 and added six assists for the Cavaliers, who snapped a
two-game skid.

“We came in here and we executed offensively and defensively and got a win,”
said James.

Drew Gooden had 12 points and 10 boards, and Donyell Marshall had 12 points
and 11 rebounds against his former team for Cleveland, which outrebounded
Toronto, 47-30.

“We’re still learning day-by-day,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Brown.
“We’re still learning a little bit at a time. Defensively we had some
stretches where we played pretty good, but the biggest thing for me is this
team and the Toronto Raptors. They (Toronto) are a very good transition team,
they like to force the tempo and I though we did a nice job of controlling the
tempo and not letting it really get to a rat-race game.”

Chris Bosh had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Mike James added 17 points and
six assists for the Raptors, who have lost four in a row to start the season.

“It’s frustrating, but four games, we just have to find some way to win,”
said Bosh. “We are not taking much solace out of anything. We are just
disappointed with the four losses and how we played in a couple of them.”

The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to the Raptors missing
their first four shots. However, Toronto found its scoring touch and tallied
eight straight points, capped off by a Bosh slam to make the score 8-7 with
7:20 left in the first quarter.

Toronto led by three points with 1:15 left in the opening 12 minutes, but
Marshall hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left and the score was tied
24-24 going into the second quarter.

Cleveland went on a 15-4 run to start the second 12 minutes and led 39-28 when
Marshall drained a three-pointer with 7:40 to play in the half.

Toronto got as close as four points when Bosh nailed a jump shot to make it
43-39 with 4:45 left, but could not close the gap and Cleveland went into the
intermission with a 51-45 lead.

The Cavaliers got the first six points of the third quarter and had a 57-45
lead after LeBron James nailed a jump shot two minutes into the second half.

The Raptors cut the Cavaliers’ lead to seven points when Mike James hit a
jumper to make it 67-60 with less than three minutes to play in the period,
but the Cavaliers outscored them 7-4 in the final minutes of the third and
went into the last stanza ahead by 10 points, 74-64.

Toronto got within seven points early in the fourth quarter after Bosh put a
layup in to cut Cleveland’s lead to 74-67. Cleveland went on an 11-2 run with
Damon Jones putting in a three-pointer and two free throws, and Larry Hughes
nailing two free throws to give Cleveland an 85-69 cushion with less than
eight minutes remaining in regulation.

LeBron James gave the Cavaliers their largest lead of the night with a slam
from the right side to make the score 99-80 with a little over three minutes

The Raptors finished the game with a 7-0 run, but it was too little too late.

Game Notes

Toronto has had at least one three-point field goal in 536 games, the longest
current streak in the NBA…This is the first time the Raptors have started a
season 0-4…Toronto has been outscored by an average of 14 points and have
been outrebounded 194-148 in the four losses…Bosh has two double-doubles
this year…Cleveland leads the all-time series, 22-19, and has won three of
its last four at Toronto.