Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The 1st quarter was one of the highest scoring periods in the NBA this season. There was a total of 80 points scored. Jonas Valanciunas got it started for Toronto with 9 points, while DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet both went for 6. On the Cleveland end, LeBron James put up 9 points and 8 assists. Kevin Love had a great performance in the 1st as he scored 10 points. Toronto trailed 38-42.
The Raptors picked up where they left off on offense, scoring a total of 41 points this time around. Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl led the charge for the Raptors as they combined for 17 points. Pascal Siakam played excellent defense on Kevin Love, and he also put up 7 points. With 3:43 remaining in the half, DeRozan drove towards the hoop and prepared to throw down a vicious dunk over LeBron. LeBron smartly moved out of the way and allowed DeRozan flush down the slam dunk. VanVleet drained s three-pointer with 0.2 left on the clock. Toronto led Cleveland 79-64.
The Cleveland PG's played outstanding coming out of halftime. Both George Hill and Jose Calderon scored 9 points and dished out a few assists. LeBron recorded 4 assists in the period, which helped their offense operate efficiently. Kyle Lowry was the only bright spot for Toronto in the quarter as he scored 8 points. The Raptors only led by 1 point going into the final quarter of play, the score set at 99-98.
LeBron James dominated the 4th quarter. King James scored 14 points and recorded 5 assists. DeRozan tried to rally his team back as he scored 9 points, but it wasn't enough to regain control of the lead. With 27 seconds remaining, Kevin Love hit the dagger three-pointer off of a assist from Lebron. Toronto tried everything they could to fight back. With 10.4 remaining in regulation, DeRozan hit a jumper over Jeff Green to bring the lead within 1 point, the score 128-129. The Raptors had to immediately foul right after, and they sent LeBron to the line. James iced the game by making his two free throws. Despite some questionable no calls by the Refs, specifically when Norman Powell was blatantly fouled on a fast break with 9:43 left in the 4th and the last play of the game when it appeared DeRozan absorbed contact on his game tying shot, they are not to blame for this loss. The Cavs had to put up 132 points and a ridiculous performance from LeBron in order to win, and the Raptors should be proud of that. The Toronto Raptors were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-132.
Kyle Lowry: 24pts, 4 rebounds, 7 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 21pts, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 17pts, 8 rebounds
Fred VanVleet: 16pts, 5 assists
Jonas Valanciunas: 15pts, 8 rebounds
Delon Wright: 12pts, 5 assists
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