The Toronto Raptors have now extended their losing streak to eight games following a 116-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors fought back with resilient defense in the fourth quarter, but were ultimately unable to complete the comeback. The Raps now fall to a 17-25 record this season with this loss and are sitting 11th in the East outside of a play-in tournament spot.
The Raptors were unable to find any consistent energy to contain the Cavaliers offense. The Cavaliers took control of the game in the third quarter where the Raptors were unable to minimize paint and perimeter scoring. The Cavs outscored the Raps 32-18 in the quarter and held a 16 point lead going into the fourth.
Collin Sexton was the catalyst for the Cavs offense for this game finishing with 36 points on 54.2% shooting from the field. The up-and-coming guard came out of the first half firing after getting into a small scuffle with Norman Powell and the Raptors team before going into halftime. He scored 23 of his 36 points in the second half while also showing his range, tying his career best with six threes in the game.
The Raptors struggled to find their shot tonight shooting only 38.9% from the field and 32.6% from beyond the arc. Despite forcing the Cavs to 26 turnovers in the game, the Raps were unable to get into a consistent scoring rhythm and capitalize on points off of turnovers. Fatigue could be a potential factor that contributed to the lack of response and scoring efficiency for the Raptors tonight.
The Raps looked to their bench for a spark in tonight’s game with Stanley Johnson and Patrick McCaw fuelling the comeback attempt with 2 steals each. Fred VanVleet hit a key three late to bring the Raps to within five points, but ultimately fell short, struggling to find his shot tonight, going only 8-24 from the field.
The Raptors have a short rest as they travel to Houston to face the Rockets in the second game of a back-to-back Monday night. The Rockets have now lost 20 straight games and both teams are desperate for a much needed win ahead of the trade deadline. The Raptors will look to try to avoid their ninth straight loss with tip off set for Monday night at 9:00 p.m. EST at the Toyota Center.