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Raptors 111, Cavaliers 78

CBSSports.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Chris Bosh's return was more important than helping the Toronto Raptors to a preseason victory.

The All-Star forward, who has been out with an injured knee, played 15 minutes in his first appearance in four games Thursday night, finishing with 12 points in Toronto's 111-78 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After the game, Bosh said the knee was feeling fine and that his night was a success.

"It's good," Bosh said. "It was good to get out there, I'm glad to see how it is to play in a game. I think my conditioning was pretty decent, and my knee was pretty good, so I'm feeling pretty comfortable right now."

Carlos Delfino had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors. Jason Kapono added 12 points, while Jose Calderon and Kris Humphries each scored 11 as Toronto improved to 4-2 in the preseason.

"I was pleased with everybody," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.

LeBron James had 17 points and nine assists to lead Cleveland (1-5), while Damon Jones scored 16 points and Larry Hughes finished with 14.

"There is definitely room for concern when you go out there and perform the way we performed tonight defensively," James said. "We turned the ball over, a lot of careless mistakes. It is something that we have to clear up."

The Raptors took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

A basket by Raptors rookie Jamario Moon with 3:17 to go gave the Raptors a 105-74 lead.

Bosh hadn't played since Oct. 7 because of what the team called a "tweaked knee." Bosh, his left knee wrapped in a thick brace, didn't take long to make his presence felt at the Air Canada Centre, stealing the ball from Hughes and driving hard to the basket to draw a foul less than three minutes into the game. A couple of minutes later, he left his feet for a big block on Hughes.

"He's been working hard," Mitchell said of Bosh. "Even when he couldn't do court work, he's been really working hard, rehabbing his knee and working on his body. Hopefully, he feels good tomorrow and we can play him another 15 to 20 minutes."

Bosh said he has finally found a knee brace that doesn't bother him, after Raptors training staff tested out several models that he said hindered his game.

"It's nice and light and does its job," Bosh said. "I'm comfortable with it, I'm not playing with that in the back of my mind."


The Raptors wrap up the preseason Friday against the Washington Wizards. They open the regular season at home Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. ... Cleveland was back in North America after playing a pair of games against the Orlando Magic as part of the NBA's China tour.

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