That said, the Raptors' poor offensive display was barely enough to beat a lowly Magic team that now holds the fourth-worst record (21-50) in the National Basketball Association. The Raptors have made at least 10 3-pointers in team-record 14 straight games. Just when Toronto thought it had the game in the bag, though, the Cavaliers owned the third quarter, 34-20, and went into the fourth trailing 99-98.
LeBron James reminded Toronto he's king. The only players to score more points during their tenures in an Orlando uniform are Dwight Howard and Nick Anderson, both of whom played more than twice as many games as McGrady did with the Magic.
On March 10, the Raptors just took down the Rockets, the hottest team in the National Basketball Association, and had an 11-game winning streak finally snapped on Sunday. His free throws made it a 128-126 game Cleveland with 22.8 ticks to go when the game came down to free throws. Compounding the Cavs' issues, head coach Tyronn Lue has stepped away from the team to address a health problem. "We had some breakdowns (defensively)". We've got to learn from things we can do, what we can't do. It gives us extra possessions, extra shots at the basket.
But they still had James, who earlier in the day said, "I'll be available, so we got a chance". Cleveland have to outscore Toronto to win this game, and with James and Love, they have the firepower to do so at the top of the lineup. DeRozan said as much following the loss.
"It was an offensive game, but we need to get a little bit more defence in the game, " said Casey. Cleveland, meanwhile, is coming off a home win over the Bucks on Monday.
Three minutes later, the Raptors called another timeout following yet another James dunk.
James couldn't be stopped and everything Cleveland initiated went through his hands, which is why he had such a presence, as he always does in big games.
It was an all-hands-on-deck effort for the Raptors as 11 of 12 players dressed for action saw double-digit minutes. One of his cross-court passes, on the money and on a line, was converted by Jeff Green, a play only James can make. The group began the second quarter.
After making just a single field goal in the first five minutes of the period, an off-balance jumper from Brown started a 12-0 run which ended with a Siakam corner 3-pointer and an 84-78 lead.
Raptors: Finish a road back-to-back at Cleveland tonight.
Although the Magic led the majority of the second quarter, the Raptors managed to crawl back from an 11 point deficit and take a brief lead heading into half.
The 79 points were the most in franchise history. Kemba Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who trailed by as many 23 points in the second half but won in front of an announced crowd of 10,231 at Barclay Center while a heavy snowfall outside blanketed the New York City area. If DeRozan isn't back for Wednesday night's back-to-back in Cleveland, Jonas Valanciunas (nine points) and CJ Miles (three points on 1-9 shooting) will have to pick up the production.
With 41.2 seconds left, Lowry picked up his third foul. Assuming DeRozan is going to play through a thigh injury, getting Toronto and the free points has to be the play. Aaron Gordon, returning after missing five games with a concussion, added 16 points. He's somehow putting up some of his career-best numbers, averaging a triple-double over his last 19 games. Toronto is at Cleveland on Wednesday.
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