An­other loss for Cavs

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TORONTO — LeBron James isn't en­joy­ing the view lately, watch­ing the end of blowout losses from the Cleve­land Cava­liers' bench.

James and his strug­gling Cava­liers ab­sorbed their most-lop­sided rout of the sea­son, over­whelmed by the Toronto Rap­tors 133-99 on Thurs­day night (Fri­day, PHL time).

The Cava­liers have dropped six of eight dat­ing to a Christ­mas Day de­feat at de­fend­ing cham­pion Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isa­iah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.

"I don't know where it kind of went wrong or what hap­pened," James said. "We've got to try to pick it back up and find it."

Af­ter los­ing to Min­nesota 127-99 on Mon­day, the Cava­liers fell by an even big­ger mar­gin. Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cava­liers op­po­nent this sea­son, and marked the third straight game that Cleve­land has al­lowed at least 127.

So, what has been James' big­gest beef with Cleve­land's last two losses?

"That I haven't played in the fourth quar­ter," he said, adding his team is get­ting "tore up."

Kevin Love, who scored 10 points, said he's con­fi­dent the Cavs can turn it around in time to reach the fi­nals for a fourth straight sea­son.

"We have enough tal­ent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things hap­pen," Love said. "Right now it's just tough to see the light at the end of the tun­nel but it is there. We will get out of it and we will get bet­ter."

CELTICS 114, 76ERS 103

Kyrie Irv­ing had 20 points, seven as­sists and six re­bounds and the Boston Celtics over­came a 22-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the eighth NBA game played in Eng­land.

Jaylen Brown added 21 points, and Mar­cus Mor­ris had 19 points and eight re­bounds to help the East­ern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Celtics ex­tend their win­ning streak to seven games.

JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five three-point­ers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were un­able to take ad­van­tage of their fast start as the Celtics' NBA-best de­fense tight­ened at O2 Arena.

Joel Em­biid had 16 points, and fel­low All-Star hope­ful Ben Simmons added 15 for the 76ers.

Irv­ing and Em­biid strug­gled early, go­ing a com­bined 1-for-10 from the field in the first quar­ter.


Bran­don Ingram scored 26 points, Lonzo Ball added 18 and the LosAn­ge­les Lak­ers held off the short-handed SanAn­to­nio Spurs for their first three-game win­ning streak of the sea­son.

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 re­bounds for the Lak­ers, who blew an early 19-point lead be­fore run­ning away in the fourth quar­ter. Ball con­trib­uted 10 re­bounds and six as­sists as Los An­ge­les snapped a seven-game los­ing streak to the Spurs at Sta­ples Cen­ter since April 2013, the last time the Lak­ers made the play­offs.


Cleve­land Cava­liers for­ward LeBron James (23) grabs a re­bound in front of Toronto Rap­tors cen­ter Jakob Poeltl (42) and for­ward OG Anunoby (3) dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Toronto.

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