The good news is the Cavaliers are headed home to play again Saturday night.
Absolutely nothing went their way in Toronto on Friday.
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The Cavaliers were sloppy and couldn’t buy a shot for most of the night. The Raptors played like a team that needed the game, building a big early lead and putting it out of reach late in the third quarter en route to a 101-81 win at the Air Canada Centre.
Both teams are 1-1.
Two nights after putting six players in double figures, only Antawn Jamison (13) and Anthony Parker (10) got there for the Cavaliers Friday. Anderson Varejao was home in Cleveland, where his father had heart surgery Friday morning. Mo Williams was on the trip but still not in uniform. J.J. Hickson, saddled with foul trouble most of the night, had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Maybe worse than the Cavaliers’ 38 percent shooting was their 19 turnovers.
Back to back 3-pointers by Jamison three minutes into the third quarter brought the Cavaliers to within seven, 52-45, but the Raptors closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 77-57 lead into the fourth. By a few minutes into the fourth, undrafted rookies Samardo Samuels and Manny Harris were getting time.
Andrea Bargnani led five Raptors in double figures, scoring 16 of his 20 in the first half. Linas Kleiza’s 19 included a trio of 3-pointers.
The Cavaliers host Sacramento Saturday night at 7:30.