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

times.”

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

Heat.

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

introductions.