Game Review: Raptors vs Cavaliers


Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)

Jonas Valanciunas dominated the 1st quarter, recording 9 points and 9 rebounds in 6 minutes. C.J. Miles had 8 points of his own after getting the start. Miles filled in for Serge Ibaka, who was suspended one game for his altercation with Miami Heat forward James Johnson. The Raptors kept All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas scoreless, a task not many teams can do. In the last minute of the quarter, Fred VanVleet scored 5 quick points. Toronto led 30-24 after the first quarter.

Toronto outscored Cleveland 35-15 in the quarter,  which is an incredible stat to have against one of the best teams in the NBA. Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, and Pascal Siakam combined for 26 points off of the bench. Norm scored 8 of those points and showed everyone that he deserved the contract extension he signed. Toronto held LeBron James to only 2 points, something not many teams can say. With 3:30 left in the half, Siakam drove past Kevin Love for a thunderous slam dunk. The crowd erupted following his monster slam. The score was 65-40 going into halftime.

DeMar DeRozan and VanVleet combined for 17 points in the quarter. 15 of those points came from behind the arc. LeBron scored double figures in the 3rd, but the Raptors were able to contain him for the most part. The 3rd was the Cavaliers's highest scoring quarter of the game, but they still trailed by 28 points. Toronto was leading 100-72 going into the final quarter of play.

The Raptors only played their reserves in the 4th quarter because of the huge lead they had over the Cavaliers. Two of their players who rarely get minutes, Lorenzo Brown and Malcolm Miller, both scored 6 points. These two young players got opportunity and seized it, showing glimpses of their potential. The Raptors outscored the Cavaliers in every quarter of the game. The final score had Toronto winning 133-99 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Impression: I am extremely impressed with the Raptors play in this game. Without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka playing, the Raptors were able to rally together and take down one of the best teams in the entire league. Toronto had an offensive performance to remember, putting up 65 points in the 1st half and 68 in the 2nd half. VanVleet played outstanding, proving that he is a valuable scoring option coming off the bench.

6ix Best:
Fred VanVleet: 22pts, 4 rebounds, 6/8 3PM
Jonas Valanciunas: 15pts, 18 rebounds
DeMar DeRozan: 13pts, 8 assists
C.J. Miles: 16pts, 5 rebounds
Jakob Poeltl: 12pts, 12 rebounds, +/- 29
Pascal Siakam: 16pts, 8 rebounds, +/- 24

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