CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 23 of his 36 parts in the 2nd half of, Jarrett Allen had 17 parts and 15 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto 116-105 on Sunday evening, handing the Raptors their eighth straight loss.
Dean Wade scored 16 parts and Darius Garland had 15 parts and 6 assists for Cleveland, which had dropped 5 of its previous six. Sexton’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead at 97-75 early in the fourth.
As time expired in the fundamental half of, Sexton and Toronto’s Norman Powell had been alive to on a grime-up and got technical fouls. The third-Twelve months pro acknowledged it positioned a chip on his shoulder for the remainder of the sport.
“They had been jawing at me earlier, so I acknowledged some stuff lend a hand to them because I don’t lend a hand down,” Sexton acknowledged. “Coach (J.B. Bickerstaff) acknowledged you woke them up, now what are you going to manufacture?
“We knew they had been going to be bodily and punk us a little bit, so we correct needed to be ready to shoot and don’t pass up something simply.”
Fred VanVleet had 23 parts and seven assists for Toronto, while Kyle Lowry and Powell each and every scored 18 parts. The Raptors have misplaced eight in a row for the fundamental time since Jan. 10-22, 2012 and are a season-worst eight video games beneath .500.
VanVleet nailed a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left to drag Toronto interior 110-105, nonetheless Larry Nance Jr. answered with a dunk and Wade and Sexton made two free throws apiece to total the purchase.
Toronto has fallen to 11th in the Jap Conference, one space out of the play-in match, and faces a determination on impending free agent Lowry earlier than the NBA commerce deadline Thursday.
“I do know that’s my (35th) birthday, so no matter else is going down on that day, I’m no longer nervous about it,” Lowry acknowledged. “We’re attempting to fetch everyone lend a hand collectively and into the groove and on the same page, so it’s difficult. We correct need that one purchase to fetch going.”
The Cavaliers scored the fundamental 12 parts in the third, capped by Sexton’s 3-pointer to purchase control 71-57. They completed 17 of 33 past the arc and dominated the rebounding battle 54-37, allowing them to beat 27 turnovers that fee them 26 parts.
Sexton shot 13 of 24 and tied his occupation excellent with six 3-pointers, elevating his scoring average to 24.2. Cleveland has moved interior three video games of a play-in space, nonetheless may perchance doubtless well per chance deal disgruntled heart Andre Drummond earlier than the deadline.
“I do know Sexton is laborious to play off the dribble, nonetheless you’ve got to come out to him,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse acknowledged. “Yeah, he may perchance doubtless well per chance be 5 feet in the lend a hand of the line, nonetheless he made these pictures.”
Cleveland carried a 59-57 lead into the wreck as Sexton scored 13 parts and Wade had 11. There had been 10 lead changes and seven ties in the fundamental half of, nonetheless none after intermission.
“You saw a diversified fire in Collin’s eyes after what took web page at the cease of the fundamental half of,” Allen acknowledged, laughing. “He wanted to switch after Norman Powell. He wanted to switch after all these guys.”
Raptors: VanVleet has made no longer lower than one 3-pointer in a franchise-file 69 consecutive video games. … F Chris Boucher is the appropriate Toronto player to appear in all 42 contests. … The Raptors play 14 of their subsequent 20 at their temporary home of Tampa. “This season has been about as laborious as it may perchance well doubtless well were, to be simply,” Nurse acknowledged. “However I imagine these items even out, so things ought to quiet be taking a take a look at superior soon.”
Cavaliers: C JaVale McGee (sickness) returned after missing one game. … G Matthew Dellavedova (appendectomy) has participated in lend a hand-to-lend a hand practices, nonetheless used to be lazy. He suffered a concussion in December and has yet to assemble his season debut. … G Quinn Cook dinner is anticipated to note a 2nd 10-day contract. … F Kevin Like (excellent calf soreness) and F Taurean Prince (left shoulder sprain) remain out.
Nurse used to be fined $50,000 for throwing his facemask in the lend a hand of the scorer’s desk Thursday after Toronto’s 115-112 loss to Utah in Tampa, Florida. He expressed feel sorry about, explaining that he used to be struggling to focus on. “Instructing is difficult to manufacture while wearing a conceal, nonetheless I’ve got to manufacture a better job,” Nurse acknowledged. “That’s on me to regulate to it. I correct hope the money goes to a simply reason.”
Raptors: Search recommendation from Houston on Monday.
Cavaliers: Host Sacramento on Monday, the Kings’ first day out to Cleveland since Dec. 7, 2018.
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