The Toronto Raptors breezed past the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. How did everyone grade in the win?
Looking to make amends for the past week and to follow on from Saturday night’s victory against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors faced off against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, who had fewer wins than the Raptors had losses throughout their first 26 games.
The Cavaliers came into the game with a record of 6-20, and the Raptors would do all they could to make sure they left with one more loss in the column. Ultimately, it wouldn’t take all the Raptors had, or even much. They cruised to victory.
Led by the trio of Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, and Kyle Lowry, the Raptors played high tempo, efficient basketball and attacked the Cavs in transition all night, outscoring them 29-4 in fast break points.
Shooting 50-percent from three-point range and 58-percent from the field, the Raptors were able to carve open and feast upon a weak Cavaliers defense that, at times, showed no interest in providing any opposition for the Raptors.
Siakam provided a solid 33 points for the team, while Powell and Lowry added a combined 46 points on some effective shooting. It was a much-needed win for the Raptors at the end of a three-game homestand.
Nick Nurse’s team barely turned the ball over, shot well from all over the court and won the rebound battle. Everything that the Raptors wanted to do well came to fruition. Everyone played a part.
How did those parts function, though, and how did they grade in the blowout win?