The Toronto Raptors stood no chance against the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland continues its impressive run, notching its 9th straight victory. The Cavaliers are now 17-1 in their last 18 games and are the hottest team in the NBA.
The Raptors hosted the Cavaliers at Scotiabank Arena for this one. This was the second night of a back-to-back for Toronto as they were coming off two straight wins.
The Cavaliers got out to the early lead and never looked back. They exploded in the second quarter outscoring the Raptors 37-23. Cleveland led by as many as 25 points and won all four quarters.
Eight players for the Cavaliers finished in double-figures. Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Jarrett Allen who had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Toronto had won four straight and 10 of the past 11 home meetings against Cleveland, including a 124-121 victory on Jan 1.
However, in this matchup they ran into a much different Cavaliers team. The Raptors were led by Scottie Barnes who recorded the fourth triple-double of his career and his third of this season.
Barnes had a solid outing of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was much more efficient from the field going 9-15.
The other bright spot in this game for the Raptors was rookie Gradey Dick. He finished with 14 points on 4-8 shooting from the field and 3-6 from three. He also had an impressive reverse layup in the second-half.
The Raptors two youngest players were their two best players on this night.
Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji officially made their Raptors debuts.
Olynyk was the first player from off the bench. He got a warm ovation and saluted the crowd when he checked in. Olynyk finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in 22 minutes.
Agbaji scored 8 points in 19 minutes of action.
Next on tap
The Raptors will be in action next on Feb. 12 when they host Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs.
The freak of nature will make his first visit to Scotiabank Arena.
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