Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers are in the giving spirit this holiday season. On the basketball court, that’s not such a good thing.
The team again Tuesday night took on a struggling road team, only to allow them to come out of Quicken Loans Arena with a win, as the Toronto Raptors topped the Cavs 113-99.
The loss is the 4th straight for the Cavs, who drop to 5-21 on the season. Toronto came into the game vs the Cavs just 1-14 on the road, but dominated the second half for the win.
It was the fourth straight win at the Q for the Raptors, who topped the Cavs twice in Cleveland last season.
Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points for the Raptors. Calderon has thrived in the starting role for Toronto with Kyle Lowery on the bench injured.
The Cavs got guard Dion Waiters back, but he was ineffective most of the night, scoring just eight points in 28 minutes on 4-for-13 shooting.
It was obvious from the start he wasn’t close to being all the way back from his ankle injury, as shown by his issues getting the ball in the basket.
Kyrie Irving, playing still with a mask, led the Cavs with 23 points in 37 minutes on 9-for-16 from the field. Andy Varejao scored 22 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
The Cavs actually led by seven after one period at 29-22, and things seemed to be going their way vs the shorthanded Raptors.
They led by four at 53-49 at the half, but it was Toronto who came out with the hot hand to put the game away with some big hoops in the final 24 minutes.
Alan Anderson helped Toronto with 18 points, and the Raptors bench outscored the Cavs bench 59 to 21. C.J. Miles was the only player off the Cavs bench with any success, scoring 13 points.
33 of the 35 fourth quarter points for Toronto came from their bench, and their bench outscored the Cavs 33-3 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Cavs are in Boston on Wednesday to take on the Celtics.