Kevin Love Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers rout Toronto Raptors
CLEVELAND (AP) – Kevin Love and Darius Garland scored 22 points each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied their franchise record with 46 points in the third quarter in a 144-99 rout against the COVID-19 exhausted Toronto Raptors Sunday night.
Lauri Markkanen added 20 points and Garland had eight assists for Cleveland, who led by 47 points twice in the bottom of the fourth. The Cavaliers won their fifth in a row at home and made 22 3-pointers in a team-record 52 attempts.
Yuta Watanabe posted a career high of 26 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, and Chris Boucher scored 21 points. The Raptors have 10 players in NBA health and safety protocols, including top scorer Fred VanVleet, rookie Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam.
The Raptors’ eight-player active roster – including four struggling signers – had never been together until they had a brief practice on the main court at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before the game. DJ Wilson had 15 points and eight rebounds on his team debut.
Toronto’s previous two games were postponed when he couldn’t muster the required eight players. Boucher, Watanabe, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Dalano Banton were the only Raptors survivors on their team from before the outbreak.
It was Cleveland’s biggest margin of victory of the season and the first time Toronto has lost more than 17 points in 2021-22. The Cavaliers have collected 39 assists, two fewer than the NBA this season.
Denzel Valentine had 17 points and nine rebounds, Dean Wade had 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points and six assists for Cleveland. Love caught nine boards and Tacko Fall scored three points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.
Rookie Evan Mobley and center Jarrett Allen were among the Seven Cavaliers sidelined due to security protocols. Cleveland has the fifth-best Eastern Conference record at 20-13.
Raptors: G Gary Trent Jr., F Precious Achiuwa, F OG Anunoby, C Khem Birch, F Isaac Bonga, F Justin Champagnie and G Malachi Flynn are also in the health and safety protocols. … G Goran Dragic (personal reasons) and G David Johnson (left calf strain) were officially active, but unavailable. … F DJ Wilson, F Juwan Morgan, C Daniel Oturu and G Tremont Waters are on a 10 day contract via list exceptions.
Cavaliers: G Isaac Okoro missed his third straight game while working on his conditioning after being kicked out of safety protocols. … F Cedi Osman was added to the protocols earlier today, joining C Ed Davis, G RJ Nembhard, G Lamar Stevens and F Dylan Windler. … Cleveland leads the East and ranks third in the NBA with 15 double-digit wins. The Cavaliers’ last 11 victories have been at least 10 points.
Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff, who was promoted to the position on February 19, 2020, signed a multi-year contract extension on Saturday morning. The son of longtime NBA coach and current Cleveland senior adviser Bernie Bickerstaff has taken over a team in disarray following John Beilein’s resignation. “If you look at our roster, we’ve got guys locked in here for a long time,” said Bickerstaff, who is 47-69 with the Cavaliers. “Now with this coaching team we are also locked in for a long time. “
Raptors: Host Philadelphia Tuesday night.
Cavaliers: Visit New Orleans Tuesday night.
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