Tampa Bay Times

Trent’s career high ignites Toronto

- BY BRIAN DULIK

CLEVELAND — Gary Trent scored a career-high 44 and the severely shorthande­d Raptors scored a franchiser­ecord 87 first-half points en route to a 135-115 blowout victory over the Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Trent made 17 of 19 field goals, including going 7-of-9 from 3-point range, and went 3-for-3 from the freethrow line in 33 minutes. He was acquired from Portland with Rodney Hood on March 25 for Norman Powell.

“I’ve brought everything I learned from the great players in the Portland Trail Blazers organizati­on to my new team,” said Trent, who is averaging 17.9 points in nine games with Toronto. “I took everything they taught me to heart, and I appreciate being put in certain situations to show what I can do now.”

The Raptors were without their top-three scorers: Pascal Siakam (rest), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor strain) and Kyle Lowry (right foot infection), who are averaging a combined 57.5 points.

Toronto rookie Malachi Flynn had season highs of 20 points and 11 assists in his second NBA start. Trent also matched his career best with seven rebounds.

“Gary doesn’t need a whole lot of encouragem­ent to keep shooting, which you can probably tell,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, chuckling. “And he was feeling it, too. It was one of those nights, right?”

Collin Sexton scored 29 for Cleveland, which trailed 47-26 after the first quarter and 87-54 at halftime.

“It was embarrassi­ng what happened in the first half,” Sexton said. “We came out being soft, and it’s our job as starters to be better.”

 ?? TONY DEJAK | Associated Press ?? The Raptors’ Gary Trent, who finishes with 44 points, drives against the Cavs’ Isaac Okoro in the second half.
TONY DEJAK | Associated Press The Raptors’ Gary Trent, who finishes with 44 points, drives against the Cavs’ Isaac Okoro in the second half.

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