Raptors roasted in basement battle
BASKETBALL • With all they lost this season, at the Cleveland Cavaliers added Baron Davis.
J.J. Hickson scored 28 points, Davis added 19, and the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-96 on Wednesday night in a game between teams playing out the storylines on similar seasons.
Toronto pulled within five points on a 3-pointer by Sonny Weems with just over eight minutes left in the game. But three long jump shots from Davis and a 3-pointer from former Raptors guard Anthony Parker sealed the victory.
“I thought (Davis) was big down the stretch,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said of the point guard the Cavs acquired from the Clippers in February. “The last five or six minutes, he kind of took it upon himself to make some stops and get the lead back up to double digits. That’s what great players do.”
Jerryd Bayless scored 28 points for the Raptors (21-57), who have four games left in their disappointing season. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, while Reggie Evans had a season-high 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Weems finished with 17 points.