Sexton, Cavs beat Raptors 126-101; 2 ejected for fight
Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss were ejected for fighting late in the third quarter. Ibaka went to the floor after the two were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.
Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.
Ibaka hit the court hard in the second quarter after being fouled by Chriss after scoring on a rebound.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday’s victory in Miami, but his return didn’t help the Raptors, who have the league’s second-best record.
Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half. Cleveland was ahead for most of the half and outscored Toronto 32-22 in the third quarter.
Cleveland took command in the fourth and went ahead 108-88 midway through the period. The Cavaliers build the lead to 27 points late in the game.
Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.
Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.
Leonard, averaging 27.1 points going into the game, hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.
The Raptors, showing signs of being tired in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.
Cleveland coach Larry Drew said before the game Love, who hasn’t played in back-to-back games since returning from foot surgery, will sit out Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Raptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game. … G Patrick McCaw made his first start with the team Sunday at Miami with Leonard sidelined, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season.
Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. … F Larry Nance Jr. (bruised rib) was out after being injured Friday against the Heat. … G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game.
Raptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.
Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.
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