With Warriors on way, Raptors keep focus after routing Cavs

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However, he was infuriated by the lack of precision and drive in Thursday night's blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points in the defense-optional game. It shows that this team is embracing the new style of play that has brought them a lot of success so far this season. Jonas Valanciunas had 18, helping to set the early tone. "Some of those threes go down and the lead gets bigger and bigger". His severe shooting issues to start the season are now a memory.

Without fellow all-star Lowry in the backcourt with him, DeRozan drew double and sometimes triple teams all night.

Twitter greatly enjoyed my tweet: "America, meet the Raptors bench. You can lose games, but you can't get blown out". I definitely never had nobody in my family that played in the National Basketball Association and retired, so, it'll be the same.

Cleveland combines high volume and accuracy from beyond the arc.

"I think this time around you just understand patience more, where before you'd get excited off certain games like this or certain moments or a winning streak or all that", DeRozan said. Daddy sidekicks in sometimes.

"We've got to be better, we know that", he said.

There were absences: Kyle Lowry, out for the second of who knows how many games with a bruised tailbone, and Serge Ibaka, serving a one-game suspension for a punch thrown at Miami's James Johnson on Tuesday.

But an 11-0 start to the second half on Friday kept things more than interesting the rest of the way. The 33-year-old put on a low post clinic in the opening minutes of the second quarter, connecting on four consecutive shots to give the hosts some much-needed offensive rhythm.

With 76 total points from their bench players, the Raptors were able to complete the 133-99 win.

It is fantastic to consider that James was hyped as the next big thing when he was only slightly older than his son is now. But things didn't continue at the same rate. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January. "He's continuing to just excel", Miles said. It was about toughness; the next guy stepping up, doing a little bit more and besting whatever version of the Cavaliers came their way.

The Indiana Pacers are either catching the Cleveland Cavaliers at the right time or the worst time. His response: "From the inside, it doesn't look good either".

"That's one of the best jobs", said Casey. Cleveland's lineup of Calderon, Crowder, James, Love and Smith ranks 13th (plus-6.6).

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