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Sexton, Cavs beat Raptors 126-101; 2 ejected for fight

CLEVELAND (AP) Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss.

Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers' 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.

Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday's game, but the team with the league's second-best record trailed most of the way.

Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which dominated the second half and seemed to gain momentum after the fight with a second left in the third quarter.

Ibaka went to the floor after he and Chriss were battling for position under Cleveland's basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.

Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.

''I saw it out of the corner of my eye,'' Love said. ''It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what's going on. It was broken up quick. That's usually how it goes.''

Neither player was available for comment following the game. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor.

Cleveland held a 91-77 lead when the fight occurred and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse pulled his starters as the Cavaliers pulled away and the lead reached 27 points with just under a minute to play.

''That was a great win for us,'' Love said. ''Especially against a real good team at home. It was fun.''

Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, which placed six players in double figures.

Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half.

''They did a great job, they played well, and they made open shots,'' Leonard said. ''That's pretty much the way the game played out.''

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.

Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.

Leonard, averaging 27 points this season, hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.

The Raptors, showing signs of being tired in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland coach Larry Drew said before the game Love, who hasn't played in back-to-back games since returning from foot surgery, will sit out Tuesday in Philadelphia.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game. ... G Patrick McCaw made his first start with the team Sunday at Miami with Leonard sidelined, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season.

Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. ... F Larry Nance Jr. (bruised rib) was out after being injured Friday against the Heat. ... G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game.

FIGHT ANALYSIS

Players and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident.

''I didn't see much of it, to be honest,'' Nurse said. ''Listen, it's always going to be concerning when something like that happens. We certainly don't want that in our game. We don't want to lose one of our guys.''

The teams don't play again this season.

TOUGH NIGHT

Nurse had a simple explanation for the loss that ended Toronto's three-game road trip that began with wins over New Orleans and Miami.

''It didn't seem like our energy was where theirs was,'' he said. ''Obviously, we're coming off a back-to-back and off a game where we played unbelievably well and we didn't handle the success that great.''

Nurse said Lowry turned an ankle late in the game, but the injury isn't serious.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.

Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
K. Love
0 PF
27.2 Min. Per Game 27.2
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
10.8 Reb. Per Game 10.8
49.9 Field Goal % 38.6
49.6 Three Point % 38.9
86.0 Free Throw % 89.0
+ 1 Norman Powell made free throw 0:18
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:18
+ 2 David Nwaba made dunk 0:18
  Offensive rebound by David Nwaba 0:19
  Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 3 Malcolm Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeremy Lin 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton 1:00
+ 3 Channing Frye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 1:11
+ 1 Chris Boucher made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Chris Boucher made 1st of 2 free throws 1:22
  Shooting foul on Channing Frye 1:22
Team Stats
Points 101 126
Field Goals 40-84 (47.6%) 44-94 (46.8%)
3-Pointers 11-39 (28.2%) 18-41 (43.9%)
Free Throws 10-17 (58.8%) 20-21 (95.2%)
Total Rebounds 46 56
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 37 40
Team 3 5
Assists 20 27
Steals 8 8
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 2 2
25 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
28 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Raptors 48-20 24312224101
home team logo Cavaliers 17-50 25343235126
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 48-20 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 17-50 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
C. Sexton PG 16.7 PPG 2.9 RPG 3.0 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 25 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
C. Sexton PG 28 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
47.6 FG% 46.8
28.2 3PT FG% 43.9
58.8 FT% 95.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 25 9 2 11/19 3/8 0/3 1 30 1 0 2 0 9 -8 37
P. Siakam 15 4 3 6/13 0/4 3/3 5 29 1 0 2 1 3 -15 24
K. Lowry 14 5 6 5/8 4/7 0/0 4 29 1 1 3 0 5 -14 30
D. Green 5 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 0 1 -12 5
M. Gasol 2 7 4 1/6 0/2 0/1 4 21 1 0 3 0 7 -11 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 25 9 2 11/19 3/8 0/3 1 30 1 0 2 0 9 -8 37
P. Siakam 15 4 3 6/13 0/4 3/3 5 29 1 0 2 1 3 -15 24
K. Lowry 14 5 6 5/8 4/7 0/0 4 29 1 1 3 0 5 -14 30
D. Green 5 1 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 19 0 0 1 0 1 -12 5
M. Gasol 2 7 4 1/6 0/2 0/1 4 21 1 0 3 0 7 -11 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Powell 9 2 0 4/8 0/3 1/1 1 18 0 0 5 1 1 -18 6
S. Ibaka 8 7 0 3/6 0/2 2/3 0 17 0 1 0 1 6 -4 16
J. Lin 8 1 2 3/9 1/5 1/2 3 20 0 0 1 0 1 -15 12
O. Anunoby 8 4 1 3/6 1/3 1/2 3 25 1 1 2 3 1 -11 14
M. Miller 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -6 3
P. McCaw 2 1 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 18 2 0 0 0 1 -5 9
C. Boucher 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 2 3 1 0 1 0 2 -6 4
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. VanVleet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 43 20 40/84 11/39 10/17 24 232 8 3 20 6 37 -125 175
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 28 4 5 10/18 4/7 4/4 3 36 0 0 0 1 3 +11 42
C. Osman 19 7 7 6/16 2/6 5/5 1 35 1 0 2 0 7 +13 39
A. Zizic 17 7 0 8/12 0/0 1/1 1 26 0 0 3 3 4 +17 21
K. Love 16 18 2 4/11 3/7 5/6 2 28 0 0 3 4 14 +16 35
B. Knight 12 1 5 4/9 2/5 2/2 1 23 3 0 1 0 1 +18 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 28 4 5 10/18 4/7 4/4 3 36 0 0 0 1 3 +11 42
C. Osman 19 7 7 6/16 2/6 5/5 1 35 1 0 2 0 7 +13 39
A. Zizic 17 7 0 8/12 0/0 1/1 1 26 0 0 3 3 4 +17 21
K. Love 16 18 2 4/11 3/7 5/6 2 28 0 0 3 4 14 +16 35
B. Knight 12 1 5 4/9 2/5 2/2 1 23 3 0 1 0 1 +18 25
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 14 2 3 5/11 3/7 1/1 1 30 1 0 0 0 2 +18 23
D. Nwaba 9 2 0 4/6 1/2 0/0 5 16 1 0 3 1 1 +10 9
N. Stauskas 8 6 5 2/7 2/5 2/2 3 23 2 0 0 2 4 +14 26
C. Frye 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 +5 3
D. Adel 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 +5 1
M. Chriss 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 0 3 -2 4
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nance Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 126 51 27 44/94 18/41 20/21 19 234 8 1 12 11 40 +125 228