Cava­liers routed by Rap­tors for sev­enth loss in 10 games

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By IAN HAR­RI­SON The Associated Press

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 most­lop­sided rout of the sea­son, over­whelmed by the Toronto Rap­tors 133-99 on Thursday.

The Cava­liers have dropped seven of their last 10 games. 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.”

Fred VanVleet scored a ca­reer-high 22 points, Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 15 points and a sea­son-high 18 re­bounds, and the Rap­tors over­came the ab­sences of two starters.

C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pas­cal Si­akam and Norm Pow­ell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Rap­tors, who were with­out point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tail­bone) and for­ward Serge Ibaka (sus­pen­sion). Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 re­bounds for the Rap­tors.

VanVleet made six of eight 3-point at­tempts as the Rap­tors con­nected on a sea­son-high 18 shots from be­yond the arc.

“I was re­ally proud of the way he came to play,” Rap­tors coach Dwane Casey said.

The Cana­dian Press via AP / FRANK GUNN photo

Cleve­land’s LeBron James re­acts after be­ing fouled by Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Cava­liers’ 133-99 loss to the Rap­tors on Thursday.

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