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Kawhi Leonard enough as shorthanded Raptors down Cavs

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    Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives to the basket past Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood during second-half action in Toronto on Friday.



TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors came into Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with several key players out because of injuries.

Don’t expect the Cavaliers to feel sorry for the Raptors. The Cavs, after all, have injury problems, too. What they don’t have is Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Raptors beat the Cavaliers 126-110.

OG Anunoby equaled his career high with 21 points as Toronto improved its NBA-leading record to 25-9. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points.

The 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 out with 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.

Rodney Hood was limited to 17 minutes because of a sore left foot, and David Nwaba turned his left ankle in the second quarter and played only 14 minutes.

“Both guys are obviously a big part of what we do, they’re starters,” coach Larry Drew said. “We had to kind of switch some things up.”

Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for Cleveland, and Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 17 points, and Cedi Osman finished with 12.

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 with VanVleet to hit back-to-back threes.

“I thought our guys put up a good fight,” Drew said. “For 3 1/2 quarters we did some good things. We just couldn’t overcome them.”

Leonard shot 12-for-16 from the field and went 11-for-12 at the free throw line. He was working out after the game and did not speak to the media.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he has been impressed with the way his team has responded to the rash of injuries.

“I think we’re handling it really well,” Nurse said. “We’re having to do a lot of different things, play a lot of different lineups, a little bit different style here and there.”

Siakam said the Raptors are trying to stay positive.

“All of us are waiting for opportunities to be on the floor,” he said. “It’s tough to have three starters out but, at the same time, it’s another day in the NBA, it’s another game, so we’ve got to go out there and play it.”


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.

** Toronto sold out its 200th consecutive game, a streak that began in November 2014.


Cleveland is 0-18 when trailing at halftime.

** Toronto scored 120 or more for the 14th time, more than anyone else in the league.

** Leonard will sit against the 76ers tonight, Nurse said. Leonard has not played in both ends of a back-to-back yet this season after an injury-wracked season last year. Nurse said there’s a chance Green and Lowry could return, but Ibaka is not expected to play.

Up next

CAVALIERS: Host Chicago on Sunday night.

RAPTORS: Visit Philadelphia tonight.

Raptors 126, Cavs 110

CLEVELAND (110): Hood 2-4 2-2 6, Osman 4-8 4-5 12, Nance Jr. 6-7 4-5 16, Sexton 6-17 5-5 17, Nwaba 2-5 0-0 6, Blossomgame 2-4 0-0 5, Zizic 5-9 1-2 11, Dellavedova 3-5 1-2 8, Clarkson 6-14 4-4 20, Burks 3-8 2-5 9. Totals 39-81 23-30 110.

TORONTO (126): Leonard 12-16 11-12 37, Anunoby 9-14 0-0 21, Siakam 6-17 1-3 15, VanVleet 6-10 1-1 14, Wright 3-9 2-2 8, Miles 1-6 0-0 2, Powell 5-7 1-2 11, Boucher 0-1 2-2 2, Monroe 3-5 3-4 9, Brown 3-6 0-0 7, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-91 21-26 126.

Cleveland 28 24 41 17 — 110
Toronto     34 25 40 27 — 126

3-Point Goals—Cleveland 9-24 (Clarkson 4-9, Nwaba 2-3, Blossomgame 1-2, Burks 1-2, Dellavedova 1-3, Sexton 0-1, Hood 0-1, Osman 0-3), Toronto 9-31 (Anunoby 3-7, Leonard 2-4, Siakam 2-5, Brown 1-2, VanVleet 1-2, Monroe 0-1, Powell 0-2, Wright 0-3, Miles 0-5). Fouled Out—Sexton. Rebounds—Cleveland 40 (Nance Jr. 12), Toronto 43 (Siakam 10). Assists—Cleveland 20 (Dellavedova 6), Toronto 21 (VanVleet 8). Total Fouls—Cleveland 23, Toronto 23. Technicals—Wright. A—19,800 (19,800).

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