Cavs, Raptors meet in Toronto
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers conclude a three-game road trip
tonight when they travel to Toronto to battle the Raptors at Air Canada
Cleveland has split the first two games of its trek so far. The Cavaliers were
downed by Utah, 99-98, last Wednesday before posting a 114-108 win over the
Los Angeles Lakers the following day.
LeBron James poured in 38 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with just over
three minutes left in the triumph. The All-Star went 10-of-16 from the field
and feasted at the foul line with an 18-for-22 effort, as the Cavaliers won
for the fourth time in five contests heading into the break.
James got little rest though as he netted 28 points to go along with six
rebounds and six assists in the East’s 153-132.
Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is expected to miss his third straight game tonight
because of personal reasons. Guard Damon Jones (strep throat) is questionable.
Cleveland is 11-15 on the road this season is currently 2 1/2 games behind
Detroit for the lead in the Central Division. The club returns home on
Thursday to host the Bulls.
The Cavs have won five of six and eight of the last 11 against the Raptors.
Cleveland has also claimed victory in four of its last six in Toronto.
The Raptors won their eighth straight home game last Wednesday when they
knocked off the New Jersey Nets, 120-109. Chris Bosh had 25 points, nine
rebounds and six assists in the win, and added 11 points and seven boards in
Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Morris Peterson added 18 points and seven boards while T.J. Ford netted 17 and
dished out eight assists for the Raptors, who lead the Nets by 4 1/2 games in
the Atlantic Division.
Overall, the Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 games and will play the
middle tilt of a three-game homestand tonight. Toronto will host the Pacers on
Friday at the Air Canada Centre, where the club is 19-7.