James, Cavaliers Cruise Past Raptors
Cleveland 105, Toronto 93
TORONTO, Nov. 7 (Ticker) -- LeBron James flashed his scoring and playmaking ability early and often.
James had 27 points and Donyell Marshall collected 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 105-93 victory over the winless Toronto Raptors.
"I didn't even start the fourth quarter and we bumped the lead up and that was great to see," James said. "When I came in I made sure we sustained the lead and we got the win. When you have a comfort level like that it's great."
Damon Jones' 3-pointer with 8:13 remaining in the fourth quarter capped a 12-2 run which opened an 83-69 lead.
"They are looking for Damon and myself to come in and help open up the floor and change the pace of the game and tonight we were able to do that," Marshall said
The Cavaliers outrebounded the Raptors, 46-30 with 13 coming on the offensive end.
Toronto is one of four NBA teams without a win and has lost three times at Air Canada Centre.
"We have to do something to get some communication on defense, we have to get somebody who knows how to execute a game plan," Coach Sam Mitchell said.
Chris Bosh scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year and Mike James added 17 points for the Raptors.
Larry Hughes, who led the league in steals last season, added 16 points and three steals while Drew Gooden collected 12 points and 10 boards for Cleveland.
"I thought Larry was tremendous tonight," Coach Mike Brown said. "Both offensively and defensively he was a big spurt for us. He made stuff happen for everybody on the team. He was a big reason we got the lead and ended up holding on to it."
It was the first road win of the season for the Cavaliers, who evened their record at 2-2.
"It was important for us to get a win on this three game road trip," Gooden said. "You don't want to come home without a win."