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Toronto at Cleveland

Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Byron Scott expected the Cavaliers to have some rough patches. Cleveland's first-year coach never imagined things would only get worse.

The Cavaliers are sliding.

And Scott doesn't know how to stop them.

Lacking any defensive intensity, the Cavaliers lost their eight straight game on Wednesday night, thumped 120-105 by the Raptors, who snapped an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland and dropped the getting-worse-by-the-day Cavs to 1-18 since Nov. 27.

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"Every time I think we're taking a step forward, we're taking two steps back," Scott said. "That's frustrating for any coach."

Andrea Bargnani scored 25, Leandro Barbosa added 22 and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists as the Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 16 games. Calderon, back after missing one game with a sprained ankle, added 20 points and Julian Wright 15 for Toronto.

The Raptors trailed by 15 in the first quarter, but had little trouble coming back against a Cleveland team going through the motions.

"We just didn't guard tonight, anybody," Scott said. "We've got to do a better job. We've got to take it personal. When you're one on one with a guy, it's got to be personal. Sometimes when those guys scored, it didn't hurt. It's got to hurt."

Antawn Jamison scored 32 for Cleveland, which was outscored 94-69 over the final three quarters.

The Raptors were beaten by 20 points in Chicago on Tuesday, but they found just the thing to get them back on track - a trip to Cleveland.

Despite falling behind by 12 after the first quarter, the Raptors had no trouble bouncing back against the lowly Cavs, who now have an eight-game slide to go with a 10-gamer this season. It could get much worse for Cleveland, which begins a five-game road trip at Golden State on Friday.

"Nobody is going to feel sorry for us," Jamsion said. "We need to find a cure soon."

The Cavs were lifeless, and Scott was exasperated by their poor effort on defense. It didn't help that he was shorthanded after benching forward J.J. Hickson, who skipped a mandatory practice on Monday and didn't offer any excuse for his absence.

"It's in the past," Hickson said. "Hopefully, it's just going to be for one game."

Toronto's only scare in the fourth came when DeMar DeRozan lost his balance after missing a layup, fell and banged the back of his head on the floor. Several teammates ran over to check on him, but after a few moments, DeRozan walked to the bench without assistance and remained in the game.

Soon after, he scored nine consecutive points as the Raptors built a 105-90 lead.

Jamison's 3-pointer got the Cavs within 10, but Bargnani hit a jumper from the corner and Calderon dropped a 3 to make it 110-95 with 5:57 left.

Calderon injured his ankle Sunday when Boston's Shaquille O'Neal stepped on him. He was excited to play again, and it showed.

"I was ready for this one," Calderon said. "I really concentrated. It doesn't matter how we played, this is a game we had to win. Everybody contributed. It was a bad first quarter, but after that everybody gave us something."

After going scoreless in the first quarter, Bargnani, who recently missed four games with a strained calf, scored 14 in the second when the Raptors put up 40, erasing Cleveland's lead and opening a 66-63 halftime lead.

Bargnani scored Toronto's first nine points to open the period, and Barbosa went on a personal seven-point streak. Wright's three-point play gave the Raptors their first lead at 50-48.

The Cavs have been hampered by injuries all season, making it tough to establish any rhythm. And just when it looked as if they would be totally healthy for a stretch, they lost starting forward Anthony Parker with what Scott described as "a back issue."

Daniel Gibson returned after sitting out two games with a thigh injury, but he sprained his left ankle in the third quarter and didn't return.

Cleveland's Anderson Varejao, playing with a protective mask to protect a broken cheekbone, scored four points in 35 minutes.

Jamison scored 12 in the first quarter, when the Cavs shot 67 percent (14 of 21) from the field and opened a 15-point lead, but the Raptors made it disappear quickly.

Notes

  • The Cavs won't be home again until Jan. 19. Cleveland is just 3-15 on the road and has dropped 14 in a row away from home.
  • The Raptors waived F Ronald Dupree. He had been re-signed on Dec. 26 and appeared in three games.
  • Cavs F J.J. Hickson was available but did not play.
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Scoreboard
Toronto (12-23) «26402430120
Cleveland (8-27)38252121105
TOR:A. Bargnani 25 Pts
TOR:J. Wright 9 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 17 Ast
CLE:A. Jamison 32 Pts
CLE:A. Varejao 8 Reb
CLE:M. Williams 9 Ast
Players of the Game
TorontoCleveland

Jose Calderon

Antawn Jamison
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
203173241
Toronto
A. Bargnani, C3910-202-283225
J. Calderon, PG388-101-1317320
D. DeRozan, SG286-151-132413
A. Johnson, SF256-90-143412
L. Kleiza, SF211-40-02223
J. Wright, SF317-91-195215
L. Barbosa, SG278-174-512322
E. Davis, PF243-32-37058
J. Dorsey, PF41-10-20012
S. Alabi, C30-00-02100
P. Stojakovic, SFDid Not Play
R. Evans, PFDid Not Play
R. Dupree, SFDid Not Play
J. Bayless, PGDid Not Play
S. Weems, SGDid Not Play
Totals 50-8811-16393526120
 56.8%68.8% 
Cleveland
A. Jamison, PF3811-215-741432
M. Williams, PG355-110-039211
A. Varejao, C351-42-28124
D. Gibson, PG265-111-226313
A. Gee, SG252-44-52239
C. Eyenga, SG287-101-120316
R. Sessions, PG272-412-1256216
R. Hollins, C120-11-23121
L. Powe, PF71-11-21103
M. Harris, PG60-00-00100
A. Parker, SGDid Not Play
J. Graham, SFDid Not Play
J. Moon, SFDid Not Play
J. Hickson, PFDid Not Play
S. Samuels, PFDid Not Play
Totals 34-6727-33302821105
 50.7%81.8% 
Other Games
Chi 94 Final
NJ 96
Mil 87 Final
Orl 97
Wash 97 Final
Phi 109
SA 103 Final
Bos 105
GS 110 Final
NO 103
Char 108 Final
Min 105
Port 103 Final
Hou 100
Atl 110 Final
Utah 87
Den 93 Final
LAC 106
LAL 99 Final
Pho 95