Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavs 126-110
The short-handed Raptors won their second straight despite injuries to three starters. Guard Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka was sidelined by a sore right knee for the second straight game. Guard Danny Green was shelved by a sore left knee after starting Toronto’s first 33 games.
The Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five games. They also dropped to 3-13 on the road.
Leonard shot 12 for 16 from the field and went 11 for 12 at the free-throw line.
Toronto had a 102-97 lead with 7:36 remaining when Anunoby drove for a powerful one-handed dunk. After VanVleet stole the ball from Sexton, Siakam converted a layup to put the Raptors up by nine points.
Clarkson made a pair of free throws and Nance dunked to cut the gap to five again, but Leonard replied with a three-point play, and then teamed up with VanVleet to hit back-to-back 3s.
Cavaliers: Cleveland’s reserves scored 53 points. … Matthew Dellavedova led Cleveland with six assists.
Raptors: VanVleet led Toronto with eight assists while Anunoby matched his career high with eight rebounds. … Toronto used its 12th starting lineup of the season, with VanVleet, Wright and Anunoby joining regulars Leonard and Siakam. … Lowry is expected to sit again Saturday when the Raptors visit Philadelphia for the second game of a back-to-back. … Toronto sold out its 200th consecutive game, a streak that began in November 2014.
Cavaliers: Host Chicago on Sunday night.
Raptors: Visit Philadelphia on Saturday night.
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