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Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors - February 26, 2016

Air Canada Centre 7:30 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers will open up their two-game road trip on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre when they face off against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

The Wine and Gold hold an 11-2 record against the Atlantic Division this season. Since December 28th, the Cavs have the best road record in the NBA at 11-2 (.846).

Cleveland improved their Eastern Conference leading 41-15 record with a 114-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night at The Q. The Cavs set a season-high for points in a quarter with 40 points in the second period. Cleveland scored 22 points off of 14 Charlotte turnovers, making Wednesday's game the 15th time this season the Cavs scored 20 or more points off of turnovers (15-0).

Against the Hornets Wednesday evening, the Cavs shot 13-32 (.406) from the three-point line. The contest marked the 30th time this season the Cavs drained 10 or more from deep. Cleveland is averaging 10.1 made triples per game, which is good for 5th-most in the NBA. Wednesday night's game marked the 21st time this season the Cavs dished out 25 or more assists in a game, as Cleveland recorded 26 assists to nine turnovers. The Wine and Gold have won 20 straight games when dishing out at least 25 assists (since October 28).

The Cavs had a 28-7 advantage in fastbreak points against the Hornets, which was tied for their 2nd-most transition points in 2015-16 (31 vs. PHI on December 20).

Cleveland will need to have the same offensive production against a Raptors squad that has won 25 straight games when holding their opponents to less than 100 points.

Toronto (38-18) enters Friday's contest riding a three-game winning streak and trails the Cavaliers by three games atop the Eastern Conference standings.

The Raptors are led by their dynamic backcourt tandem of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan leads Toronto at 23.5 points per game while Lowry leads the team in assists at 6.4 assists and is second in scoring at 21.0 points per contest.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update* presented by  

#2 - Kyrie Irving

#5 - J.R. Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#0 - Kevin Love

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#7 Kyle Lowry

#10 - DeMar DeRozen

#3 - James Johnson

#4 - Luis Scola

#17 - Jonas Valancinas

Status Update: (Cavs) - Iman Shumpert, (Left Shoulder Sprain, Questionable), Mo Williams, (Left Knee Chondromalacia, Out)

Status Update: (Raptors) - DeMarre Carroll, (Right Knee Surgery, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

Friday's contest marks the third and final time these two teams will meet during the 2015-16 regular season.

The Wine and Gold have won four of their last five contests against the Raptors. Over that five-game stretch versus Toronto, the Cavs averaging 110.2 points on .496 shooting, including a .444 clip from the three-point line, 25.8 assists (11.6 turnovers) and 11.2 three-pointers.

In their last meeting against Toronto, the Cavaliers won 122-100 at The Q on Jan. 4. Cleveland shot 41-74 (.554) from the field, including 17-33 (.515) from deep, and dished out 25 assists. The Cavs had six players score in double figures, including all five starters (Irving-25, Smith-24, James-20, Love-14, Thompson-14 and Dellavedova-11). Cleveland also outrebounded the Raptors, 40-26.


On Deck

On Sunday, the Wine and Gold travel to the nation’s capital for a matinee against the Wizards. The Wine and Gold return home the next day to wrap up the back-to-back, welcoming the Pacers to Cleveland on Monday night to wrap up the month of February. After a nice three-day break, the Cavs play three straight at The Q – beginning with a back-to-back against Washington and Boston next Friday and Saturday.
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Postgame: Kyrie Irving - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors - February 26, 2016

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Postgame: Kyrie Irving - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 27, 2016  |  01:18

Postgame: Coach Lue - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:10

Postgame: J.R. Smith - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:54

Postgame: Kevin Love - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 26, 2016  |  02:14

Postgame: LeBron James - February 26, 2016

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's loss the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:14

Cavaliers vs. Raptors - February 26, 2016

Kyle Lowry scores a career high 43 points including the game winning shot as the Raptors defeat the Cavalier 99-97.
Feb 26, 2016  |  03:17

LBJ Throws the Hammer Down - February 26, 2016

Matthew Dellavedova gives a great feed to LeBron James who deposits the two-handed dunk.
Feb 26, 2016  |  00:13

KLove Finds Tristan for the Slam - February 26, 2016

Great ball movement by the Wine and Gold results in a nice feed from Kevin Love to Tristan Thompson for the easy dunk.
Feb 26, 2016  |  00:12

Tristan with the Putback Slam - February 26, 2016

Tristan Thompson follows up the LeBron James miss with the two-handed putback slam.
Feb 26, 2016  |  00:11

KLove Finishes the And-One - February 26, 2016

Kevin Love takes the feed inside and goes up strong with the hook shot, plus the foul.
Feb 26, 2016  |  00:10

CavsTV 1-on-1 with Kevin Love – February 26, 2016

CavsTV’s Fred McLeod caught up with Kevin Love for an exclusive interview discussing Friday’s matchup in Toronto.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:56

Shootaround: Tristan Thompson – February 26, 2016

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media at Friday’s shootaround from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:41

Shootaround: Coach Lue – February 26, 2016

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media at Friday’s shootaround from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Feb 26, 2016  |  01:01

Shootaround: LeBron James – February 26, 2016

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media at Friday’s shootaround from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Feb 26, 2016  |  04:48