Bargnani helps Raptors blow out Cavs 101-81
Now that the Cavaliers don’t have LeBron James, it’s payback
time for the teams they used to bully.
Oh, and it’s also pizza time for Toronto fans.
With 10 seconds left in a blowout win over the Cavs, Marcus
Banks sent up an alley-oop pass that Leandro Barbosa neatly laid in
to give the Raptors a 101-81 win over the Cavaliers, who won their
first game in the post-LeBron era two nights earlier.
”We weren’t trying to disrespect them, we weren’t trying to
humiliate them or nothing,” Raptors guard Sonny Weems said. ”We
did that for our fans. You get 100 points, fans get pizza and
that’s every game with us.”
Asked about the layup that secured a free slice of pizza for all
15,711 fans in attendance, Scott said ”no comment.”
Raptors counterpart Jay Triano had plenty to say, though.
”You know, how many years did we watch them dance down there
with all the hoop and hollering and everything?” he said. ”It’s a
different team so it probably wasn’t the right thing to do to
score, but our fans come to these games and they’re going to be
here to support us for 41 games and we play this team three more
Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and Linas Kleiza added 19 to
lead the Toronto Raptors to a 101-81 win over the Cleveland
Cavaliers on Friday night in a matchup of teams spurned by stars
over the summer.
Antawn Jamison scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who were
without Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao. Williams has an injured
groin and Varejao was with his ill father.
DeMar DeRozan added 14 points while Sonny Weems and Leandro
Barbosa chipped in 13 each for the Raptors (1-1), who got their
first win since Chris Bosh left to join James with the Miami
Anthony Parker added 10 points for the Cavaliers, including a
3-pointer to end the first half with Cleveland down 46-38.
”We went backwards,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. ”We
just seemed like the fat cats and they seemed like a team that was
really out there trying to get a win.”
Toronto closed the third quarter on a 17-5 run capped by
DeRozan’s reverse layup that made it 77-55.
Friday morning, Bosh went on a Toronto radio station to clarify
comments he made earlier in the week, explaining he meant he wanted
the best chance to win titles when he said that the decision to
join Miami was ”all about being on TV at the end of the day.”
Notes: The Raptors’ Jarret Jack turned 27 on Thursday and Triano
said the team’s rookies sang ”Happy Birthday” to Jack in the
morning. ”We had to teach it to them,” Triano added. The players
had a party at a nightclub planned for him after the game. …
Bargnani’s three-pointer early in the second quarter gave him sole
possession of third place on the Raptors’ career list. He and Doug
Christie had been tied at 431. Morris Peterson is the team leader
with 801, followed by Vince Carter’s 554. … Parker and fellow
former Raptor Jamario Moon were given nice ovations during pre-game