The Toronto Raptors had total control in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-23). Handily wining each quarter, which awarded them a 117-97 blowout win. Toronto has won the season series against the Cavaliers as they move to 2-0 with one match remaining. The victory further secures their place in the Eastern Conference standings as they hold onto the fourth seed.

This game followed a challenging back-to-back against the Boston Celtics (23-8) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (18-15) where the Raptors were able to go 1-1. The struggling Cavaliers were the perfect team for Toronto to get back in the win column. The perimeter oriented style Nick Nurse utilizes opened up the floor against the Cavaliers’ mediocre defence. This led to the Raptors having six players in double digits. Balanced scoring has been a major key to the Raptors success despite the many injuries they’ve accumulated throughout the season.

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Terence Davis put on a show. 19 points on 59% (7/12) shooting is phenomenal production from the bench. His effective off-ball play allowed him to punish Cleveland’s weaker guards on the inside. He was a sniper from long distance as well, shooting 57% (4/7) to help the team’s spacing.

The team’s heart and soul is Kyle Lowry, that’s been true for most of the decade and it was true at the end of it. Lowry had a game-high 24 points. While his long distance shooting wasn’t stellar at 33% (4/12) he remained a threat through his passing and decision making. That decision making earned him 8 assists in the contest.

With the win against Cleveland, Serge Ibaka has the second most wins throughout the decade with 571, only behind LeBron James’ 630. His 20 point and 10 rebound performance was the quintessential Ibaka game. His presence in the paint both offensively and defensively is a key reason why he is a constant contributor towards winning. Ibaka’s play lately has been a constant reminder that he is indeed a starting center playing off the bench.

Up Next

The Raptors will have their first match of the decade against the Miami Heat (24-9). The Heat are 1.5 games above the Raptors in the standings and a win will push significant momentum in Toronto’s favour. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night to enjoy what should be a nail bitter.