Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Many felt that the Cavaliers would have no chance in Chicago with point guard Kyrie Irving, and all the team went and did was win.
The opponent wasn’t quite as good Wednesday at home in the Raptors, but the challenge was the same without Irving, and again the Cavs answered the bell with a huge 103-92 win.
The second straight win was a team effort, as six Cavaliers had double digits, three starters and three off the bench.
The win is the third in four games for the Cavs since the All-Star break, who push their record to 20-38. Last year in a strike shortened season the team won 21 games to 45 losses.
Toronto with the loss falls to 23-35 on the season. DeMar DeRozan led all scores with 34 points on 10-for-18 shooting.
Rudy Gay had 24 in the setback for the Raptors.
Dion Waiters led the Cavs with 23 points, about 9 better than his average in picking up the slack for the missing Irving.
Shaun Livingston playing in place of Irving had another solid effort with 15 points. Wayne Ellington added 13 off the bench for the Cavs.
The Raptors jumped out to a quick 14-point lead in the first period to take a 21-7 lead. The Cavs finally started their comeback, and trailed 25-20 at the end of one.
The second quarter was a complete opposite, as the Cavs got hot, shooting 71 percent from the field in the quarter, putting up 37, holding the Raptors to 23.
The team took a 57-48 lead into the locker room at the half, and while the Raptors made it close in the final 24 minutes, the Cavs never lost the lead.
The bench is now averaging about 40 points a game since the Cavaliers made the January deal with the Grizzlies. The team is 10-6 since the deal with Memphis in late Jaunary.
The Cavs are back on the court Friday to take on the Clippers at 7:30pm.