Raptors tear Cavaliers apart

12 January 2018 01:42:16 EST

The Toronto Raptors had seven players in double figures on Thursday as they crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 133-99 at the Air Canada Centre.

Former Wichita State star Fred VanVleet came off the bench to drop in a team-high 22 points for the Raptors, who mugged the Cavaliers while not even at full strength, with Kyle Lowry out with a back injury and Serge Ibaka suspended by the league.

Toronto shot an even 50 per cent from the floor hitting 53-of-106 and a healthy 42.9 per cent from beyond the arc, as the Raptors outscored Cleveland in all four quarters.

LeBron James led all scorers with 26 points, dropping in 9-of-16 from the field. However the rest of the Cleveland starters were a combined 8-of-34 and as a team the Cavaliers shot 38.2 per cent.

It was the second consecutive game that Cleveland was routed and the defending Eastern Conference champions are now 2-6 in their last eight games, with their only victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

Nor is there any rest for the Cavs as they are in Indianapolis on Friday to play the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Even with the loss, Cleveland still leads the Central Division by 3.5 games over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons and the Cavs are 1/33 to win the division, with the Bucks 4999/1 and the Pistons 4999/1.

Meanwhile, the Raptors must turn their attention to the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors who are the visitors on Saturday.

Toronto could not get the better of Golden State in October when they fell 117-112 to the Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

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