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Waiters helps Irving-less Cavs edge Raptors
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Though Kyrie Irving has played a major role in the Cleveland Cavaliers' improvement over the second half of this season, the team is proving it can also win without him.
With their All-Star point guard sidelined for a second straight night by a knee injury, the Cavaliers posted their second consecutive triumph by earning a 103-92 decision over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Six Cleveland players scored in double figures to help offset Irving's absence, with Dion Waiters leading the charge with a 23-point, six-assist effort.
Shaun Livingston added 15 points and six helpers for the Cavs, while Tristan Thompson contributed 14 points and eight rebounds to Cleveland's fourth victory in its last five games.
The Raptors dropped their second in a row despite a 34-point performance from DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay's 24 points and eight rebounds.
02/27 21:43:47 ET