For the second-straight game, the Cleveland Cavaliers got utterly demolished by a team they could’ve beaten.
We thought that the Minnesota Timberwolves smashing the Cleveland Cavaliers by 28 was as awful as it could get. We thought wrong. Against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, the reigning Eastern Conference champs got handed their worst defeat of the season and fell by 34 points. It tied the second-largest loss that LeBron James has played in since returning to Cleveland.
“I don’t know where it kind of went wrong or what happened,” James said. “We’ve got to try to pick it back up and find it.”
Toronto, who were without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, finished with seven guys in double-figures. Fred VanVleet poured in a career-high 22; C.J. Miles and Pascal Siakam had 16 each. Jonas Valanciunas feasted on the Cavaliers frontcourt and totaled 15 points and 18 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan, who’s been on a scoring tear as of late, finished with just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He did, however, dish out eight assists.
While the Raptors were dropping in points with ease, Cleveland struggled to get anything going offensively. James led the way with 26 points but only had one assist. That by itself highlights Cleveland’s struggles. Jeff Green and Jae Crowder were the second- and third-leading scorers with 13 and 11 each, and Kevin Love, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade were virtually non-existent.
Love wasn’t as bad as the other two, but he only dropped in 10 points and missed six of his eight field goals. Wade scored four points while also going 2-of-8 from the floor. Thomas, in his fourth game back, logged a season-high 25 minutes and was a nauseating 2-of-15 from the floor; he had missed all 10 of his first-half attempts.
Toronto bounced back from their heart-breaking loss to the Miami Heat and are now 5-1 in January. Overall, they’re 29-11 and hold a 3.5 game lead over the Cavaliers for the second-seed. Their next game is Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors.
The new year hasn’t treated the Cleveland Cavaliers well. They’ve dropped three of their five games and take on the Indiana Pacers Friday night.
- The Boston Celtics overcame a 22-point deficit against the Philadelphia 76ers in London and went on to win 114-103. Jaylen Brown led the way with 21 points, and Kyrie Irving wasn’t far behind with 20.
- Lou Williams followed up his 50-point game by hanging 30 on the Sacramento Kings. The Los Angeles Clippers pulled out the 121-115 victory and extended their winning streak to three.
- Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball had huge outbursts as the Los Angeles Lakers dropped the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles(!!!). Ingram finished with 26 points; Lonzo had 18 points, 10 boards and six assists.
BOS 114 – 103 PHI
CLE 99 – 133 TOR
LAC 121 – 115 SAC
SAS 81 – 93 LAL
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