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Toronto Raptors Hold on for 99-93 Victory Over Cleveland Cavaliers to Win Third Straight

February 26th, 2014 at 11:41 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors kept it rolling last night as they held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93. It wasn't a pretty night for the Raptors, but the most important thing is that it was a win, and that is all that truly matters at this point in the season. 

The Raptors move to 32-25 and have won three straight. They have won six of their last seven and have a four and a half game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the Atlantic Division crown.

The Cavs fall to 22-36 and have lost three straight. Two of their last three losses have come against the Raptors.

Points By Quarter

 1st2nd3rd4thFINAL
Toronto2324213199
Cleveland1724282493

Here are some notes from the game:

  • Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 33 points, to go along with six assists and four rebounds. DeRozan also made a key defensive play late in the game by tipping a pass in the paint that could have led to a dunk. 
  • Even though DeRozan led the team in scoring, Terrence Ross was arguably the team's most important player last night. He scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting, including going 5-8 from beyond the arc. He made some key baskets late in the game to help the Raptors overtake the lead. While Ross provided strong offense, his defense on Kyrie Irving was once again exceptional. 
  • Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 25 points and nine assists, but was held without a made field goal for the last eight minutes of the game. A lot of Irving's points came when either John Salmons or Kyle Lowry was guarding him. Terrence Ross' athleticism and size presented a problem for Irving and he struggled immensely when going up against him. 
  • The Raptors had another rough night taking care of the ball as they turned it over 15 times. Several of their turnovers came due to lazy passes and poor decisions.
  • Greivis Vasquez was fantastic off the bench for the Raptors. He had 15 points on the night and provided a much needed spark in the second quarter.
  • Canadian Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cavs, while teammate and countryman Anthony Bennett had a rough night shooting 0-5.

NEXT GAME: Thursday, February 27 vs. Washington Wizards. 7 pm. ET.


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Tags: ANTHONY BENNETT, Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Demar Derozan, KYRIE IRVING, NBA, RAPTORS, Terrence Ross, Toronto, Toronto Raptors, TRISTAN THOMPSON, Washington Wizards

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