Cavs’ Winning Streak Ends with Loss to Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors ended the Cavaliers’ 6-game winning streak on Friday night, taking a 98-91 decision at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Cavs were playing without Anderson Varejao (back), C.J. Miles (ankle) and Dion Waiters (hyper-extended knee) in the Friday night affair.

Cleveland came out and took a 22-16 first quarter lead. The tenth point of the teams’ first quarter output came courtesy of Spencer Hawes, the 7-footer whom the team traded for on Thursday.

Hawes, the former Philadelphia 76er, nailed a 3-point shot and the team led 10-8 at that point.

The 6-point first quarter lead shrunk to 5 at the half, but in the third quarter, the home team started to assert itself. Jonas Valanciunas scored on a lay-up to put the Raptors in the lead 53-52 with 7:22 left in the third quarter.

The Raptors never looked back in moving towards the win.

Toronto was led in scoring by Terrence Ross, who scored 20. Valanciunas had 18.

The Cavs got 21 points from Luol Deng and 17 points from Kyrie Irving. Hawes, in his Cavaliers debut scored 7 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Cavaliers host the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.