The Raptors climbed back into Wednesday's game with a big second quarter, pulled ahead in the third and put it out of reach to start the fourth. Heading into the final frame and up 90-84, Toronto went on a 15-6 run over a stretch of four minutes -- including nine straight points from DeMar DeRozan -- to take a 105-90 lead that wouldn't be touched.
Make it a second straight week with a gritty road win to close out a back-to-back. They also did it in Cleveland, another city where they've had a lengthy losing streak -- this one dating back to April of 2004.
Jose Calderon had the night off on Tuesday to rest a sprained right ankle and what a difference a day makes. Calderon turned in a huge performance with 20 points, 17 assists (two shy of his career high) plus three rebounds and two steals.
The offence was organized, Calderon was consistently hitting teammates in stride with passes and he was very effective with his jump shot (8-10 FGM-A, 3-3 3-PT FGM-A). Has to be considered his finest performance of the season.
Julian Wright put up an incredible all-around line and was the x-factor in the second-quarter comeback. His season-high 15 points came from within his range, he was active defensively, battled for loose rebounds (nine) and was again a savvy facilitator with five assists.
"In his minutes, Julian Wright was outstanding," said head coach Jay Triano. "High energy and hustles, he doesn’t quit on plays, he passes the ball, he rebounded the basketball, he gave us a very big lift so much so that we didn’t go back to some of the starters because of it."
"We just got on our guys a little bit at the end of the first quarter. Thirty-eight points was way too many to give up in that quarter. Our contest rate was 19 per cent, and it’s got to be in the 40s, which it was in the second quarter. I think we just started getting after it a little bit more. They (Cavs) put all their firepower out there to start the game, guys who can shoot from the perimeter. They did early, and we were much better from the second quarter on."
- Jay Triano, on the defence after the first quarter
Fri., Jan. 7 @ Boston
7:30 PM ET, TSN, FAN590
The Raptors move on to Boston, where they'll wrap their season series with Celtics. The Raps fell to 1-2 in the season series following last Sunday's 79-93 loss at ACC. The C's were missing Kevin Garnett, who will miss Friday's game, but saw Rajon Rondo return to the lineup and received great performances from vets Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. The Raps have dropped 10 of 11 overall against Boston.
|5||Double-doubles on the season for Jose Calderon|
|+32||Game high +/ - rating for Julian Wright|
|62-28||Points in the paint favouring the Raptors|
|47-36||Bench scoring favouring the Raptors|
|35||Raptors assists on 50 made field goals|
|"Julian was doing all the little things for us. LB (Barbosa) was hitting threes and every time they came to me, I knew Andrea was open. Everybody was in the right spot; it was easier for me to get those assists."|
- Jose Calderon, on his season-high 17 assists
|"We have to take it personal. When you’re one-on-one with a guy, it has to be personal. I don’t think, at least watching the game, when those guys scored…it didn’t hurt. It has to hurt."|
- Cavs head coach Byron Scott on his team's defence
|"I was just trying to talk more on defense and I think that’s next step for us. When we talk, we hold ourselves accountable. We had to definitely help each other defensively. We were speaking our coverages out loud and talking."|
- Julian Wright, on his role after the first quarter