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James, struggling Cavs routed again, Raptors romp 133-99

TORONTO (AP) LeBron James isn't enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench.

James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the season, overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.

''I don't know where it kind of went wrong or what happened,'' James said. ''We've got to try to pick it back up and find it.''

After losing to Minnesota 127-99 on Monday, the Cavaliers fell by an even bigger margin. Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.

So, what has been James' biggest beef with Cleveland's last two losses?

''That I haven't played in the fourth quarter,'' he said, adding his team is getting ''tore up.''

Kevin Love, who scored 10 points, said he's confident the Cavs can turn it around in time to reach the finals for a fourth straight season.

''We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen,'' Love said. ''Right now it's just tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it is there. We will get out of it and we will get better.''

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters.

C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Serge Ibaka (suspension). Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.

VanVleet made six of eight 3-point attempts as the Raptors connected on a season-high 18 shots from beyond the arc.

''I was really proud of the way he came to play,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Toronto's 12-game home winning streak was snapped in Tuesday's loss to Miami, but the Raptors bounced back in their first meeting with Cleveland since the Cavaliers swept the Raptors out of the second round of the playoffs last May.

Thomas connecting on a short jumper at 7:22 of the third quarter for his first basket. He finished 2 for 15 and went 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Playing for the fourth time this season as he returns from a right hip injury, Thomas scored four points in 24 minutes.

''He'll be fine,'' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. ''He's going to have to work out some kinks, but he'll be fine.''

Lowry missed his second straight game after he was injured in a heavy fall in overtime of Monday's win at Brooklyn. Lowry participated in shootaround Thursday morning but is still too sore to play.

Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson in Tuesday's home loss to the Heat.

Leading 30-24 after one quarter, the Raptors extended their lead in the second thanks to their bench. Siakam scored 10 points and VanVleet had eight as Toronto led 65-40 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Thomas missed all 10 of his field goal attempts in the first half. ... G Derrick Rose who has been out since Nov. 7 with an ankle injury, will not play Friday at Indiana. G Iman Shumpert, out since Nov. 20 with a knee injury, is also expected to miss Friday's game. ... Cleveland is 11-11 on the road.

Raptors: Outscored Cleveland 76-48 in bench points. ... Outrebounded the Cavs 63-35.

RECORD-BREAKING START

Toronto's 29 wins through 40 games are the most in franchise history. The Raptors started 28-13 in 2016-17.

END OF THE LINE

Thomas failed to make at least one 3-pointer for the first time in 60 games. It had been the second-longest streak in the NBA behind Golden State's Klay Thompson (95).

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Thomas is expected to rest when Cleveland concludes a back-to-back by visiting Indiana on Friday. The Pacers have won both meetings with the Cavs this season.

Raptors: Host Golden State on Saturday. Toronto has lost seven straight to the Warriors.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
D. DeRozan
10 SG
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
55.8 Field Goal % 47.9
55.7 Three Point % 48.1
77.8 Free Throw % 82.5
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 0:18
  Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:20
+ 2 Pascal Siakam made driving layup 0:27
+ 1 Cedi Osman made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:47
+ 1 Cedi Osman made 1st of 2 free throws 0:47
  Personal foul on Malcolm Miller 0:47
+ 1 Jakob Poeltl made free throw 0:55
  Shooting foul on Jeff Green 0:55
+ 2 Jakob Poeltl made finger-roll layup, assist by Lorenzo Brown 0:55
  Personal foul on Jeff Green 1:03
  Team rebound 1:03
Team Stats
Points 99 133
Field Goals 34-89 (38.2%) 53-106 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 18-42 (42.9%)
Free Throws 25-30 (83.3%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 45 72
Offensive 9 18
Defensive 26 45
Team 10 9
Assists 18 31
Steals 3 3
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 9 9
Fouls 16 25
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 26-15 2416322799
home team logo Raptors 29-11 30353533133
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 26-15 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Raptors 29-11 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
F. VanVleet PG 8.6 PPG 2.4 RPG 3.2 APG 42.6 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 26 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
F. VanVleet PG 22 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
38.2 FG% 50.0
23.1 3PT FG% 42.9
83.3 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 32 26 3 1 1 2 2 1 9/16 0/1 8/10 0 3 32 -22
J. Crowder 18 11 2 0 2 0 1 5 4/6 1/2 2/2 0 2 14 -17
K. Love 23 10 9 2 0 0 1 3 2/8 0/1 6/7 1 8 22 -10
I. Thomas 24 4 2 3 0 1 1 1 2/15 0/6 0/0 1 1 12 -20
J. Smith 27 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 32 26 3 1 1 2 2 1 9/16 0/1 8/10 0 3 32 -22
J. Crowder 18 11 2 0 2 0 1 5 4/6 1/2 2/2 0 2 14 -17
K. Love 23 10 9 2 0 0 1 3 2/8 0/1 6/7 1 8 22 -10
I. Thomas 24 4 2 3 0 1 1 1 2/15 0/6 0/0 1 1 12 -20
J. Smith 27 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Green 22 13 3 0 0 0 2 2 4/9 1/3 4/4 1 2 14 -22
T. Thompson 22 8 8 1 0 1 0 1 3/6 0/0 2/4 6 2 19 -18
K. Korver 18 6 2 1 0 0 2 0 2/6 2/6 0/0 0 2 8 -17
C. Frye 10 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 2/4 2/2 0/0 0 1 11 -5
J. Calderon 6 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 11 +1
C. Osman 15 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/2 3/3 0 3 12 -7
D. Wade 17 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 0 10 -19
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 35 18 3 4 9 16 34/89 6/26 25/30 9 26 168 -170
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 18 16 5 2 0 0 0 2 6/12 4/7 0/0 2 3 25 +8
J. Valanciunas 18 15 18 1 0 0 3 4 6/9 0/1 3/4 6 12 32 +7
D. DeRozan 28 13 3 8 0 0 0 2 5/13 3/5 0/0 2 1 32 +15
O. Anunoby 26 7 3 0 0 1 0 3 2/8 1/6 2/2 0 3 11 +13
D. Wright 18 6 2 4 0 2 1 0 3/9 0/3 0/0 1 1 17 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 18 16 5 2 0 0 0 2 6/12 4/7 0/0 2 3 25 +8
J. Valanciunas 18 15 18 1 0 0 3 4 6/9 0/1 3/4 6 12 32 +7
D. DeRozan 28 13 3 8 0 0 0 2 5/13 3/5 0/0 2 1 32 +15
O. Anunoby 26 7 3 0 0 1 0 3 2/8 1/6 2/2 0 3 11 +13
D. Wright 18 6 2 4 0 2 1 0 3/9 0/3 0/0 1 1 17 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. VanVleet 24 22 4 4 1 0 0 2 8/11 6/8 0/0 0 4 35 +28
P. Siakam 23 16 8 4 1 0 0 3 7/10 0/3 2/3 2 6 33 +24
N. Powell 27 14 6 3 0 1 3 5 6/15 2/5 0/1 0 6 24 +23
J. Poeltl 25 12 12 0 0 3 2 3 5/8 0/0 2/3 4 8 25 +29
L. Brown 19 6 0 5 0 0 0 0 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 0 16 +19
M. Miller 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 1 1 8 +1
L. Nogueira 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -2
K. Lowry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 133 63 31 3 7 9 25 53/106 18/42 9/13 18 45 259 +170