They are 23-3 when they score at least 105 points. Missing starters Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, Toronto head coach Dwane Casey told his reserves that they'd have to step up and focus on three-point shooting and keeping a fast tempo.
Lowry was out for a second game with a bruised tailbone.
After the Boston Celtics beat the Phildelphia 76ers in the NBA London game, Kyrie Irving liked a viral video of LeBron James lighting up his Cleveland Cavaliers team during a huddle. Now, if you watch the Cavaliers play, this doesn't come as a shock. Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the second night of a back-to-back to protect his hip, has struggled in four games with 12.3 points per game and a 35.3 field-goal percentage. The pair were a combined 2-of-20 shooting with Smith being held scoreless.
No, Dwane Casey and DeMar DeRozan agreed, Thursday wasn't about whether the Raptors could match the reigning Eastern Conference champions, a team that played in the last three National Basketball Association finals, day to day.
James was understandably frustrated, and he was caught on cameras in the first half of the game lashing out at his team-mates and assistant coach Phil Handy, after Pascal Siakam dunked with little resistance. His calf injury earlier in the year made him lose a month's worth of games. "It's a good test for us". It was a competitive game throughout though, with Golden State leading 91-86 heading into the fourth quarter. I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game also. "When he's out, we have to execute better at both ends".
IN has now won all three of its games against the Cavaliers so far this season.
The Pacers completely turned things around in the third quarter, doubling up the Cavs 32-16 and taking two-point lead into the final period.
The Raptors' desire was apparent from the get-go, as were the holes in the Cavaliers' lethargic defence.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points in the win over Cleveland Friday night.
IN outscored Cleveland 32-16 in the third quarter to erase a 14-point halftime deficit and take a 76-74 lead after three quarters.
Love's 3-pointer with 6:57 remaining put the visitors back in front, and James followed with two layups to pus the margin to five. The Cavs had just outscored the Raptors by a whopping 102 points from beyond the arc in the series, shredding a stingy defense.The Raptors certainly looked more equipped to threaten the three-time champs on Thursday night.During the 34-point blowout, the Raptors canned 18 triples, the most Cleveland has allowed all season.