Friday, January 12, 2018 1:00 am
Raptors hand Cavs worst loss of season
TORONTO – LeBron James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided loss of the season when they were routed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.
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.
Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds.
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 made a season-high 18 shots from beyond the arc.
Thomas connecting on a short jumper at 7:22 of the third quarter for his first basket. He finished 2 for 15 and went 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Playing for the fourth time after returning from a right hip injury, Thomas scored four in 24 minutes.
Lowry missed his second straight game after he was injured in a heavy fall in overtime of Monday's win at Brooklyn.
Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson Tuesday.
CELTICS 114, 76ERS 103: In London, Kyrie Irving had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Boston overcame a 22-point deficit in the eighth NBA game played in England.
Jaylen Brown added 21 points, and Marcus Morris had 19 points and eight rebounds to help the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics extend their winning streak to seven games.
JJ Redick had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers for Philadelphia, but the 76ers were unable to take advantage of their fast start. Joel Embiid had 16 points, and fellow All-Star hopeful Ben Simmons added 15 for the 76ers.