CLEVELAND, April 6 (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose
stuck a dagger deep into the
playoff hopes of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
NBA TV highlights from|
Rose buried a 3-pointer with six-tenths of a second left as the
Toronto Raptors handed the struggling Cavaliers their fifth
straight loss, 87-86.
"Everybody counts down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, when you're playing
against your big brother or the guy down the street," Rose said.
"Everybody dreams of making a game-winning shot in the NBA. I
was in that position today."
The Cavaliers (32-45) have lost nine of their last 10 games and
fell into 10th place in the Eastern Conference. They are three
games behind eighth-place Boston with just five to play.
"We easily could have gotten this win," said Cavaliers rookie
, who scored 21 points. "They played great when we
played great. We can't fault ourselves for the outcome of the
James scored the last six points for the Cavaliers, including
two free throws with 11 seconds remaining that provided
Cleveland an 86-84 lead.
On Toronto's last possession, All-Star Vince Carter
lane and delivered a pass in the corner to Chris Bosh
rookie rotated the ball to Morris Peterson
, who found a
wide-open Rose camped outside the arc.
"We work on that play in practice every day, so we really know
how much time it takes to swing the ball around," Rose said.
"We were in rotation and didn't rotate properly and Jalen got a
good look," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said.
The shot staved off playoff elimination for the Raptors (31-46),
who are four games back with five to play.
"They came because it was national TV," O'Neill said. "Let's be
The Raptors led, 29-20, after one quarter behind Carter's 18
points. Carter finished with 32 points.
"What a better stage than on TV, so we get a little exposure,"
Carter said. "We don't want to play bad on national TV."
Cleveland stormed back in the third period by scoring the first
nine points to tie the contest at 53-53 and took a 63-61 edge
into the final period, holding Toronto to just eight
Rose scored nine of his 15 points in the final period for
Toronto, which won the season series, 3-1.
added 18 and 15 rebounds for Cleveland. Point
guard Jeff McInnis
played his first game since being placed on
the injured list March 27 with a bone bruise in his right hand
and collected 16 points and 10 assists.
"It just hurts because we worked so hard in this game," McInnis
said. "We played good defense we thought."