Cavs blowout Raptors 126-101

The Cavs are 17-50 this season

James Rapien
March 11, 2019 - 9:21 pm
Mar 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (right) rebounds in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers were shorthanded on Monday night, but that didn't stop them from beating the Raptors 126-101. 

Collin Sexton led the way, finishing with a team-high 28 points. The rookie wasn't alone. Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Ante Zizic finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Cedi Osman got hot in the fourth quarter, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. 

Cleveland took a 59-55 halftime lead despite shooting just 38 percent from the floor. Sexton scored eight points early in the third quarter to extend the Cavaliers' lead to 12. Toronto made multiple runs, but never got within striking distance. 

Matthew Dellavedova (concussion), Larry Nance Jr. (chest contusion) and Tristan Thompson (foot) missed the game due to injury. 

The Baby Dinosaurs – I'm stealing the nickname, but how many times have the Raptors struggled at The Q? It was hard not to think about previous performances in this season, including last years' sweep. Cleveland isn't going to the playoffs this season and Toronto might go to the NBA Finals, but they continue to struggle in Cleveland. 

Be The Fight – Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss were ejected with one second left in the third quarter. They were battling for position and Ibaka took exception to something Chriss said, intiating contact that would end in both players getting ejected. You can watch the video below. 

"I don't condone fighting at all, but I think if someone comes at you, you have the right to defend yourself," head coach Larry Drew said. "I don't believe there's a place in our game for fighting, but in the heat of the moment I understand that things do happen."

Drew admitted that he hadn't seen the replay to make a judgement, but it's clear that Ibaka went after Chriss. The Cavaliers outscored the Raptors 35-24 in the fourth quarter, so they were able to use the 'fight' as motivation.

"I thought it actually juiced us up a little bit," Drew admitted. "I thought it kind of ignited us. I thought we got a bit more aggressive. I thought we stayed in attack mode. I've seen those types of situations work against you as well, but I'm very happy that it didn't work against us. I thought our guys responded very well."

An Entertaining Product – Let's face it, the Cavaliers are fun to watch with Love in the lineup. It also helps to have veterans like Brandon Knight on the team who are eager to prove themselves. 

The good news is this win doesn't change much as far as the draft lottery is concerned. Cleveland is still the third-worst team in the NBA, which means they'll have a 14 percent chance at getting the top pick. Only Phoenix (16-52) and New York (13-54) have a worse record. 

Up Next – The Cavs play the 76ers in Philadelphia on Tuesday night