TORONTO – Darius Garland scored 21 factors, together with the game-clinching free throws with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Toronto 102-101 on Friday to finish the Raptors’ win streak at 5 video games.
OG Anunoby had 23 factors to high Toronto (6-4), whereas Fred VanVleet completed with 18 factors, Gary Trent Jr., had 17, and Scottie Barnes, again after lacking two video games with a sprained proper thumb, completed with 14. Dalano Banton chipped in with 11.
Again at Scotiabank Area after an ideal 3-0 highway journey, and using their longest win streak in practically two seasons, the Raptors didn’t path till the sport’s closing 4.8 seconds.
Toronto assembled a 12-point lead within the first half, stretching it to fifteen within the third quarter, and led 80-74 to start out the fourth.
Cleveland (6-4) rallied although down the stretch, and Jarrett Allen’s three-pointer with 4:42 to play tied the sport 94-94.
Anunoby knocked down a 3 with 1:43 to play for 5 factors of respiratory room, however Allen scored back-to-back baskets to slice the distinction to only a level with 42 seconds left.
Anunoby was whistled for tripping Garland with 4.8 to go. Garland’s pair of free throws clinched the victory for Cleveland.
The Raptors have been glorious on the defensive finish within the loss, forcing 20 Cleveland turnovers for 23 factors.
Regardless of the loss, the Raptors’ efficiency this early in a rebuilding season had defied loads of expectations, and so they nonetheless aren’t at full power.
All-star ahead Pascal Siakam, who’s been recovering from low season shoulder surgical procedure, is predicted to make his season debut subsequent week.
The Raptors received their first 4 video games on the highway for the primary time in franchise historical past, and their win streak was the longest since a stretch of seven straight — the ultimate 4 earlier than COVID-19 paused play, after which the primary three video games within the Florida bubble.
Kevin Pangos, a Canadian feel-good story of the season, made his first NBA journey to Toronto however didn’t play.
The 28-year-old guard from Holland Touchdown, Ont., lastly secured an NBA job after six years enjoying in Europe when the Cavs signed him within the low season.
“Having the ability to come residence and play is an enormous deal. Having the ability to come residence and play within the NBA is a fair larger deal. So I can think about there may be some emotion tied up in it,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated earlier than the sport.
“He’s been in all places enjoying skilled basketball, he stays fairly even-keeled . . . however I believe a homecoming for any of us, while you make it to this degree, has nice feelings tied to it.”
Anunoby was an ideal 4-for-4 within the first quarter, together with back-to-back operating dunks that have been a part of a 7-0 run. The Raptors led 29-28 to start out the second.
Barnes led the way in which with eight factors within the second quarter and Malachi Flynn’s three-pointer had Toronto up late within the half. The Raptors led 57-48 at halftime.
The Raptors host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 5, 2021.
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