Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

National Basketball Association wrap: Cavaliers blows 22-point lead in third straight loss

National Basketball Association wrap: Cavaliers blows 22-point lead in third straight loss

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists but Cleveland fell to 25-13, third in the East, behind Boston and Toronto.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were shocked by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday, their seventh loss in past 10 games. The first two came by a combined 62 points and on Friday the Cavs were outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters on the second night of back-to-back road games.

Fred VanVleet continues to turn heads after notching a career high of 22 points with six three's, four rebounds and four assists. IN covered as a 3-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 208 points, which was 13 points below the projected point total of 221 points.

Wall injured his ankle on the final play of the first half after landing on teammate Marcin Gortat's foot while attempting to rebound.

Australian guard Ben Simmons scored 26 points while Joel Embiid shook off a right hand injury to produce 21 points and 11 rebounds in Philadelphia's 112-106 home victory over San Antonio. "They good." It's true, the Raptors finally got a game on national USA television and they put on quite a performance. Forward Serge Ibaka will return for Toronto after serving a one-game suspension for fighting Miami's James Johnson. The Cavs are 0-3 against IN and 6-1 against everyone else IN the division. DeRozan finished the night with 13 points and eight assists in 29 minutes.

"I don't know where it kind of went wrong or what happened", James said.

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Valanciunas almost had a double-double in the first quarter, when he totaled nine points and nine rebounds in a little over six minutes because of foul trouble. Wallace intercepted a pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk with 10.9 seconds left, moments after what appeared to be a costly turnover by Lou Williams, and the Clippers held off the Sacramento Kings 121-115 on Thursday night after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

James was also slapped with a technical foul after losing his cool and retaliating against Stephenson with 7:53 left in the game.

Trailing 6-4, Cleveland used a 22-0 run to take a 26-6 lead in the first quarter.

While Rose and Shumpert continue recovering from injuries, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue chose to give Thomas and Wade extra rest because of the back-to-backs.

"If guys have agendas", Lue said, "we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way". In the spring. Because for three straight postseasons the answer has been an emphatic no, which probably provides a level of comfort around town.Even the Raptors, feeling confident going into last year's conference semifinals, got steamrolled in four lopsided games. It's got to start with us, everybody getting back to what we were doing.

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