NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Cleveland
(Tuesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Cleveland 104, Toronto 91
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was named an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, scored 23 points while Jeff McInnis added 17 as Cleveland defeated Toronto, 104-91, at Gund Arena.
LeBron James collected 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Robert Traylor added 15 points and 13 boards for Cleveland, which shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor (45-of-78). Lucious Harris chipped in 11 for the Cavaliers, who have won two straight and improved to an Eastern Conference best 18-4 at home.
Jalen Rose netted 21 points for Toronto, which lost for the fifth time in seven games. Morris Peterson added 16 and Milt Palacio, who played in place of Rafer Alston for most of the game, added 14 in the loss. Alston finished with five points but did not play after the first quarter because of what was termed an "undisclosed situation".
"Rafer is struggling with some basketball things and I wasn't planning on playing him in the second half," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell. "And, that's it. It's just some things that he and I have to work out."
Cleveland, which raced out to a 7-0 lead, shot a scorching 65 percent from the floor en route to a 32-23 lead after 12 minutes of play. The lead would double in the second thanks to Harris' short jumper which staked the home team to a 53-35 cushion with under three minutes left in the first half.
The Cavs would then lead 57-43 as both teams headed into the locker room. Ilgauskas paced all players with 15 points, while Rose netted 14 to lead the Raptors at the break.
"I'm not going to comment about anything except what happened out there during the game," said Rose on Alston. "I'm pretty sure we're going to have enough people with a big enough mouth to eventually leak the story about what happened, but I'm not going to be the person and today is not going to be the day."
Cleveland stretched its advantage courtesy of an 11-3 to open the third quarter. The quick spurt was capped by Sasha Pavlovic's jumper that made it 68-46 with under nine minutes remaining in the stanza. The Cavs held a comfortable 83-62 lead heading into the fourth.
Toronto fought back and trimmed the deficit to 12, 98-86, on Peterson's trey with under four minutes to go. However, the Raptors never threatened from that point on en route to the 13-point loss.
"Well, we held on," said Cleveland head coach Paul Silas. "It got kind of scary there in the fourth quarter. When Rafer (Alston) went out, he was pushing it and getting it. We took control after that. It was good to see him go out."
Cleveland is 6-1 in Tuesday games this season and improved to 24-8 when it allows under 100 points this season...The Raptors have dropped three of four road games and 14 of their last 16 away from home...Toronto ended 5-of-12 from beyond the arc, extending its NBA record to 499 games with a three-pointer.
02/09 00:30:46 ET