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The Toronto Raptors won their fifth consecutive home game tonight, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-96.
After being up by just two possessions in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, Toronto pulled away by more than 10 points with six minutes remaining, ultimately taking away any hope Cleveland had to make the game competitive down the stretch.
The Raptors scored 66 points in the paint, a season-high for Toronto. The team was accurate on their two-point field goal attempts, going 35-50, but suffered from beyond the arc, scoring on just 8 of their 29 attempts.
The Cavaliers were 36-83 from the field and 10-38 from three-point range.
Pascal Siakam led Toronto in scoring with 25 points while also finishing at +17. Kyle Lowry was a playmaker tonight, earning 10 assists in the contest.
Isaac Okoro led Cleveland with 20 points.
The Raptors had a strong first quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points after being down 12-8 to start the frame.
Toronto outscored Cleveland 33-23 until the second quarter when the Cavaliers swung the momentum in their favour. The Raptors held just a one-point lead at halftime — 49-48.
The third quarter saw Toronto regain momentum near the five-minute mark of the frame. The Raptors maintained a multiple-possession lead into the fourth, finishing the third quarter up 81-70.
Gary Trent Jr. (lower leg), Chris Boucher (MCL), Paul Watson Jr. (knee) and Jalen Harris (hip) were all ruled out prior to the game.
Cleveland’s Collin Sexton (concussion), Larry Nance Jr. (thumb), Matthew Dellavedova (neck), Dylan Windler (knee), Lamar Stevens (concussion), Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion) and Taurean Prince did not play tonight due to injuries.
The Raptors are at home again tomorrow night when they face the Brooklyn Nets — a team Toronto is undefeated against — for a third and final time this season at 7:30 p.m. EST.