NBA: Raptors, Siakam shoot down hapless Cavs

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Dec 17 2019 11:58 AM

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the net against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) at Scotiabank Arena. John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Pascal Siakam scored 33 points and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 133-113, on Monday night.

Norman Powell added 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting for the Raptors in the first meeting this season between the teams.

Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 11 assists for the Raptors, who have won two in a row. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points off the bench and OG Anunoby contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for Toronto.

Collin Sexton scored 25 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost 10 of their past 11 games and two in a row. Darius Garland added 20 points for the Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson had 18 points and eight rebounds and Cedi Osman contributed 12 points.

The Raptors took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter that the Cavaliers cut to 11 with 9:04 to play on a 3-pointer by Garland. Toronto then pulled away by 17 on Ibaka's 10-footer with 2:24 remaining.

The Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the first quarter that ended with them leading, 37-29.

The Raptors led by 16 with 4:25 remaining in the first half when Patrick McCaw set up Powell's dunk on a fast break after Marc Gasol's steal.

Thompson completed the scoring in the first half on a putback layup with 19.3 seconds remaining, cutting the Toronto lead to 66-54.

Siakam led the first-half scoring with 14 points while Lowry and Powell added 10 points each. Thompson led Cleveland with 12 first-half points.

The Raptors shot 54.9 percent from the field in the first half and 58.4 percent on the game. The Cavaliers shot 45.5 percent in the first half and 48.9 percent on the game.

Cleveland scored the first five points of the third quarter but could get no closer than within seven points of the lead. Toronto pulled away by 17 points on Lowry's 3-pointer with 4:32 left in the quarter. Powell's 3-pointer ended the third-quarter scoring and gave Toronto a 104-84 lead.

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