Another ugly win. An undermanned Toronto Raptors squad came back to beat an undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers squad 100-96 in Toronto.
Kyrie Irving left the game with an injury in the third quarter and Rudy Gay was out for the game, leaving the likes of Alan Anderson, Landry Fields and C.J. Miles to scrap it out in a mediocre fourth quarter finish. Raptor fans cheered immensely when DeMar DeRozan hit a free throw to get to 100, although that was probably because at 100 points fans get pizza. Yep, it was definitely that.
Amir Johnson had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Raps, who bounced back after a tough loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. After going down big in the first half, the defense suffocated the Cavs in the third quarter, and Alan Anderson was an efficient shotmaker for the third time this season. Kyle Lowry hit a sick turnaround fadeaway over the taller Alonzo Gee to put the Raptors up for good.
Dwane Casey started Terrence Ross in place of Rudy Gay, and the struggling rook had 14 points. He didn’t play down the stretch, though, as Casey opted for the old guard. In fairness to Dwane, they got the job done.
1. Amir Johnson. Had 13 points at the half when the Raps were getting killed.
2. Landry Fields, for hitting the ACC janitor with his last-second heave. That was actually pretty funny.
3. Alan Anderson. He shot some, he scored some.
The Raptors next play Wednesday against the Boston Celtics.