Author Chrystopher Henderson
The Cleveland Cavaliers erase a 15 point halftime deficient to take the top seeded Toronto Raptors 132-129. The game between these two power houses in the east is a potential clash come playoff time. The Raptors came into tonight’s game at the Quicken Loans arena having lost 9 of their last 10 including playoffs.
The Cavaliers who were down big at the half 79-64 overcame that and were led by LeBron James and Kevin Love.
LeBron once again put on a show scoring a game high 35 points and dishing out 17 assists. Fellow All-Star Kevin Love who is only playing in his second game since coming back from injury contributed 23 points, (4-6) from three point line, and pulled down a game high 12 rebounds. Starting point guard George Hill chipped in with 22 points and was (10-11) from the field.
The Cavs as a team shot the ball well from three despite their best shooter Kyle Korver not in the lineup due to the death of his younger brother they shot 63% (15-24).
The Raptors despite this loss are currently still 4.5 games ahead of the second place Boston Celtics for the top seed in the east. They were led by their All-Star Demar Derozan 21 points (0-3) three point line, 5 assist, and his backcourt mate Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and had 7 assist.
This loss may sting a little more for the Raptors because their bench played well throughout and more than doubled what the Cavs bench contributed (58-23) but they still couldn’t find a way to get it done. They were led by rookie Fred VanVleet and Jakob Poeltl who scored a combined 33 points, and they were without sharpshooter and one of their key pieces off the bench CJ Miles did not suit up for this game due to illness.
Overall this game is what we expected from both teams, and what we do know for sure is that LeBron James continues to send a reminder to those who look to take him down that he is the best in the world and it starts and ends with him. Period.
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