Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavs 126-110
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2018 11:18 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
OG Anunoby equaled his career high with 21 points as the Raptors improved their NBA-leading record to 25-9. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points.
The short-handed Raptors won their second straight despite injuries to three starters. Guard Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka was sidelined by a sore right knee for the second straight game. Guard Danny Green was shelved by a sore left knee after starting Toronto's first 33 games.
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for Cleveland, and Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 17 points, and Cedi Osman finished with 12.
The Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five games. They also dropped to 3-13 on the road.
Leonard shot 12-for-16 from the field and went 11-for-12 at the free-throw line.
Toronto had a 102-97 lead with 7:36 remaining when Anunoby drove for a powerful one-handed dunk. After VanVleet stole the ball from Sexton, Siakam converted a layup to put the Raptors up by nine points.
Clarkson made a pair of free throws and Nance dunked to cut the gap to five again, but Leonard replied with a three-point play, and then teamed up with VanVleet to hit back-to-back three's.
Cavaliers: Cleveland's reserves scored 53 points. ... Matthew Dellavedova led Cleveland with six assists.
Raptors: VanVleet led Toronto with eight assists while Anunoby matched his career high with eight rebounds. ... Toronto used its 12th starting lineup of the season, with VanVleet, Wright and Anunoby joining regulars Leonard and Siakam. ... Lowry is expected to sit again Saturday when the Raptors visit Philadelphia for the second game of a back-to-back. ... Toronto sold out its 200th consecutive game, a streak that began in November 2014.
Cavaliers: Host Chicago on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Raptors: Visit Philadelphia on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).