LeBron James, Cavs routed again as Raptors romp 133-99


The Cleveland Cavaliers' struggles continued Friday after losing for the eighth time in 11 games by blowing a 22-point lead against the Indiana Pacers in a 97-95 defeat.

Officially, Thursday night's Cleveland at Toronto game was the 615th on the National Basketball Association schedule for this season - the exact midway point on the 1,230-game regular-season slate.

While the Warriors sit atop the Western Conference standings, the Raptors are only three games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. But would the same thing happen if these teams were to meet in the post-season for a third consecutive year? The Golden State Warriors haven't lost a road game since November 22.

It was an unexpected blowout considering the Raptors were missing an injured Kyle Lowry and a suspended Serge Ibaka.

In the last ten games, however, the Cavaliers are just 3-7 giving some cause for concern to fans.

After Darren Collison makes the free throw to put the Pacers up by 2, Kevin Love throws the outlet pass to LeBron James who misses the 3-pointer as time expires.

Cleveland ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (32.8) while in ranks 25th (24.9).

They need to nip this in the bud before it snowballs even further.

Dinwiddie almost recorded his first career triple-double, totaling 10 assists and matching a career best with nine rebounds. Fred VanVleet poured in a career-high 22; C.J. Miles and Pascal Siakam had 16 each.

Anthony Davis scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to spark New Orleans to a 108-98 victory at Utah while Gary Harris scored 36 points off 14-of-17 shooting to power Denver over visiting Phoenix 134-111.

"The guys did a great job, " said DeRozan, who scored 13 points with eight assists and three rebounds.

So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a exhausted team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games. On this night, the Cavs were done in by a scoreless stretch of 3:20 in the second quarter when the Raptors went on an 11-0 run to take a 55-34 lead. Nope. He had four points in 25 minutes on Thursday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie delivered the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left and came within one rebound of a triple-double as the Nets topped the Hawks 110-105.

LeBron James had a meltdown in the midst of getting blown out by the Toronto Raptors, and Cavs coach Ty Lue is saying that the team needs to get rid of its hidden agendas - whatever that means.

"I'm going to say this and we're going to move forward because it's over", Lue said before the IN game as an explainer. "Every night is a different animal that you've got to attack, and our job and our approach is to be consistent as much as possible each night".

"We've got to be better, we know that", he said.