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With Warriors on way, Raptors keep focus after routing Cavs

14 January 2018, 03:08 | Erica Roy

Following the game, James was predictably less than thrilled and Dave McMenamin of ESPN passed along his thoughts, including that the Cavs are "in a funk" at the moment.

The Toronto Raptors got their opportunity to shine in the spotlight and well, they did not disappoint beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 133-99.

Outside of James - 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting - Cleveland's offense was anemic. Everybody talked about the three-point thing, I don't think he did it for them, I think it was more for him but it feels good to shut people up. For the first time in his National Basketball Association (NBA) career, the 33-year-old forward has lost consecutive games by 25 or more points. LeBron James had 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in Cleveland's third straight loss.

LeBron yelled at his team during Thursday night' blowout loss in Toronto-they've dropped seven of their last ten games-and told reporters that the Cavs have reverted back to self-defeating habits from earlier this season. First, a switch by Collison forced James out of bounds on a baseline drive 1.7 seconds to go.

The Cavs will be best served to leave this portion of the season in the past, as well.

In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the February 8 trade deadline - their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade - and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania. "There are a lot of fans coming out to support him, so I just try to get his fans mad, too". The Cavs are 0-3 against IN and 6-1 against everyone else IN the division. Bogdanovich scored 22 points, and Koufos had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The margins of defeat - 34 and 28 - represent the Cavaliers' two worst of the season.

The story (other than how bad Cleveland played) was the Toronto bench, led by Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, who both dominated.

Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade did not play for Cleveland due to rest.

But Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made some tweaks to his roster in the off-season, making the team younger and faster, with head coach Dwane Casey implementing an uptempo style much like the Warriors.

IN played without starting center Myles Turner for the second straight game.

Cleveland showed its unseemly side again, losing for the seventh time in its past 10 games - looking more like the team that started the season 5-7 through its first 12 games than the squad that reeled off 18 wins in 19 games to follow that.

We've seen this movie before: Lance brought the energy to the building, and Oladipo hit the big shot.

"Defensively everybody's on an island playing defense by themselves. You can lose games, but you can't get blown out".

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