Pascal Siakam scored 25 factors, rookie Malachi Flynn added 18 and the Toronto Raptors pulled away within the second half for a 112-96 win over the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday evening.
“I believe we performed with nice tempo defensive strain,” mentioned Lowry. “We held a workforce beneath 100 factors, which is uncommon in as we speak’s NBA.”
Isaac Okoro led Cleveland with 20 factors. Jared Allen had 15 factors and Darius Garland had 13 factors and 10 assists for the Cavaliers, who’ve misplaced 5 of six.
The Cavaliers performed with the identical beginning lineup they utilized in Sunday evening’s 119-110 loss at Washington, however with out the primary 4 gamers who got here off their bench in that recreation.
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Larry Nance Jr. fractured his proper thumb within the fourth quarter Sunday evening and is predicted to be out for a number of video games. Matthew Dellavedova had a strained neck, and Lamar Stevens and Isaiah Hartenstein got here out of the Washington recreation with concussion signs.
The accidents left the Cavaliers with 9 gamers.
“They gave us what that they had tonight,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff mentioned of what was left of the Cavaliers. “Could not ask for something extra.”
All 5 Toronto starters had a dunk or a layup on a 14-0 run that put the Raptors up 22-12, and so they led 49-48 after a primary half by which they missed 14 of 15 3-point pictures.
When Siakam was whistled for his fourth private foul halfway by way of the third quarter, the Raptors led 62-59 regardless of capturing 2 for 21 from behind the arc.
Siakam, Lowrey, Malachi Flynn, Stanley Johnson and Yuta Watanabe then hit 3-pointers to assist the Raptors increase their result in 17, on a brief financial institution shot by Siakam, with 3:47 remaining.
Lowry gave credit score to Flynn, who had 5 rebounds, 5 assists and two steals in 24 minutes.
“If you’ve obtained a number of ball handlers, it makes it lots simpler for everybody else,” Lowry mentioned. “He is simply profiting from the chance given, and it is taking the strain off me and Freddie (VanVleet) to have one other ballhandler on the ground.”