High-flying Raptors blowout Cavaliers
LOS ANGELES – Agence France-Presse
The Raptors improved to a 15-2 at home despite playing without starters Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
Isaiah Thomas, who was slapped with a $20,000 fine on Jan. 10 for knocking Minnesota Timberwolves player Andrew Wiggins to the floor, missed his first 11 shots.
“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.”
C.J. Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Ibaka (suspension). Jakob Poeltl tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
“One of our advantages is our youth and our speed and our fresh legs. We’ve got to take advantage of that,” said VanVleet.
The Raptors had their 12-game winning streak snapped when they lost on Jan. 9 to Miami, but they rebounded in their first meeting with the Cavaliers since May when Cleveland swept the Raptors out of the second round of the NBA playoffs.
The Cavaliers have played nine of their past 11 games on the road, losing seven with four of them by more than 10 points.