Struggling Cavs routed again, Raptors romp 133-99

Struggling Cavs routed again, Raptors romp 133-99

The Raptors averaging 111.5 points per game this season - the 3rd highest mark in the league.

Thomas will be sidelined during Thursday's contest against the Raptors for rest on the first game of a back-to-back set, Blake Murphy of the Athletic Toronto reports. Smith went scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting and is 0-for-12 from the floor over his last two.

James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating Monday and was minus-22 Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half of the 133-99 defeat to cap the season's midpoint. He finished with four points and registered a minus-20.

Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson in Tuesday's home loss to the Heat. In their last game, the Raptors were held to a season-low 89 points by the Miami Heat on Tuesday to snap a five-game win streak. "We will get out of it and we will get better". He was hurt after a nasty fall in Toronto's 114-113 overtime win in Brooklyn on Monday night. Dwyane Wade scored on a layup to make the score 30-24 after one, but the Cavaliers weren't the same team psychologically in the second period. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Marcus Morris had 19 with eight rebounds as the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics stretched their National Basketball Association winning streak to seven games.

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Cavaliers: Thomas missed all 10 of his field goal attempts in the first half.

The Cavaliers had hoped that guard Derrick Rose, who has been out since November 7 with an ankle injury, might return during this trip but he did not play Thursday and won't play Friday at Indiana. G Iman Shumpert, out since November 20 with a knee injury, is also expected to miss Friday's game. But the Cavaliers could not keep up with the play of Toronto's bench.

The Raptors, which had seven players in double-figures, jumped out to a 65-40 halftime lead and never looked back. The Raptors started 28-13 in 2016-17. It had been the second-longest streak in the National Basketball Association behind Golden State's Klay Thompson (95).

Cavaliers: Thomas is expected to rest when Cleveland concludes a back-to-back by visiting IN on Friday. The Pacers have won both meetings with the Cavs this season.

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