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Cavs Can't Rally Past Raptors


WRAP-UP

These are the growing pains.

The young Cavaliers gave the World Champs all they could handle on Thursday night – cutting a two-touchdown lead to just one in the closing moments. But some costly turnovers kept them from getting over the hump as the Raptors kept Cleveland winless at home during the month of January, taking the 115-109 decision at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Trailing by 10 with just under half a quarter to play, the Cavaliers went on a 9-0 run – capped by Kevin Love’s long triple – to get to within a single point with 3:52 to play. Cleveland kept it close from there, but committed three turnovers in the final 36 seconds to sink any hopes of upsetting Toronto in the end.

Turnovers were a big part of the story for the Cavaliers – committing 23 miscues that led to 25 Raptors points. Both teams shot the ball fairly well and the Cavs dominated on the boards, 52-37, but the Raptors went to the line 28 times to 14 for the Wine & Gold.

Kevin Love finished with 23 points in the loss, going 8-of-13 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from long-range to wot with five boards, four assists and a steal.

Collin Sexton added 23 points of his own on 9-of-17 shooting, adding four boards and four assists.

Darius Garland was back in the starting lineup after taking Tuesday night off, chipping in with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with five boards, a team-high eight assists and a steal.

Larry Nance Jr. kept up his strong play off the bench – netting double-figures for the sixth straight game, finishing with 13 points, nine boards and a block. Kevin Porter Jr. also tallied 13 points off the bench, but he was responsible for seven of Cleveland’s 23 miscues – including a pair of errant passes in the closing moments.

Tristan Thompson led both squads with 12 rebounds, snagging five of those off the offensive glass.

The Raptors were paced by Serge Ibaka’s 26 points, going 10-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Kyle Lowry added 23 points in the win, with Fred VanVleet leading both teams with 12 assists.


HIGHLIGHT

Following Kevin Porter Jr.'s cross court pass, Kevin Love handles the ball and dimes Larry Nance Jr. for the slam dunk.


TURNING POINT

The Cavaliers might be struggling to close games, but no one could fault their effort on Thursday.

The Cavs were within two late in the third quarter, but the Raptors closed the period on an 11-1 run, taking a 14-point edge into the fourth. But Kevin Porter Jr.’s three-pointer got the Cavs going and they’d eventually cut Toronto’s lead to one on three occasions in the final quarter.

Darius Garland had a chance to tie the game with 1:18 to play, but split the free throws allowing Toronto to maintain the lead. Norman Powell drilled a three-pointer on the Raptors next possession and the Cavs would get no closer than four the rest of the way.


BY THE NUMBERS

19.5, .464, .400 … Kevin Love’s scoring average, along with his shooting percentage from the floor and from three-point range over the month of January.

In the month, the 12-year veteran scored at least 20 points on seven occasions, including four of his last five outings, doubling-up in three of those games and posting a 30-point night on the Pistons on January 7.


QUOTABLE

Coach John Beilein, on taking positives from Thursday’s loss …

"It’s something we can build on, but it is also very disappointing that we lost. We don’t go out there trying to lose, we want to win every game when we step on that court in between those lines. It just shows our growth, because last time we played them they beat us a little bit. We played them down to the wire and it was really good tonight."


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and 87.7 La Mega's Rafa Hernandez-Brito.


UP NEXT

The Cavaliers tip off the month of February with a visit from the struggling Warriors on Saturday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The following Monday, the Knicks come to town followed by Cleveland’s only road game before the All-Star Break – traveling to Oklahoma City next Wednesday to take on Chris Paul and the Thunder. After a three-day respite, the Wine & Gold wrap up the season’s first half with visits from the Clippers (Feb. 9) and Hawks (Feb. 12).

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Cavs vs. Raptors Postgame: Kevin Porter Jr.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Porter Jr. spoke with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cavs vs. Raptors - January 30, 2020

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Cavs vs. Raptors Postgame: Kevin Porter Jr.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Porter Jr. spoke with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jan 30, 2020  |  04:45

Cavs vs. Raptors Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jan 30, 2020  |  04:15

Cavs vs. Raptors Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jan 30, 2020  |  07:03

Cavs vs. Raptors Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Thursday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jan 30, 2020  |  03:46

GAME RECAP: Raptors 115, Cavaliers 109

The Raptors beat the Cavaliers 115-109 thanks to a 26 point performance from Serge Ibaka.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:01

Nance Puts Norman Powell on a Poster

Larry Nance Jr. puts Toronto's Norman Powell on a poster in Thursday's final frame.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:12

Larry Jr. from Downtown!

Larry Nance Jr. shows off his range with a pretty three in the fourth quarter.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:08

KPJ Shimmies and Shoots

Kevin Porter Jr. makes a nice move on Pascal Siakim and finishes with a cold fadeaway shot in the third quarter.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:11

Garland Cuts the Raptors Lead to Two at Half

Darius Garland knocks down the buzzer-beating floater to cut the Raptors lead to four points at the end of the first half on Thursday night.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:19

Exum Makes an Acrobatic Play in Paint

Dante Exum hits a wild layup shot midway through the second quarter of Thursday's game.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:25

Garland Finds Nance Jr. for the Alley-Oop

Darius Garland drops the pin-point alley-oop on Larry Jr.'s hands early in the second quarter.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:09

Featured Highlight: Love Dimes Larry

Following Kevin Porter Jr.'s cross court pass, Kevin Love handles the ball and dimes Larry Nance Jr. for the slam dunk.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:27

Cavs Steal & Score in First Frame

Cedi Osman pokes the ball free before Kevin Porter Jr. finishes with the fast break bucket.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:12

Sexton Buries the Fadeaway

Collin Sexton buries the fadeaway at the top of the key in the first frame.
Jan 30, 2020  |  00:10

Raptors vs. Cavs Shootaround: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts before Thursday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
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Cavs to Host Pride Night on Thursday

To celebrate the LGBTQ community, the Cavs will host Pride Night on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
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