NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 8th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (20-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (27-19), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will shoot for their second straight victory this evening, when they host the Toronto Raptors at Gund Arena.
Cleveland put an end to a two-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over Orlando on Saturday night. LeBron James poured in a game-high 30 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed six rebounds to spur the Cavaliers to the win.
Drew Gooden finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeff McInnis netted 17 for the Cavaliers in the win. Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 11 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 14 with nine rebounds in the contest.
The Cavs shot 43 percent from the field, including 3-of-14 (.214) from three- point range. Cleveland drained 28-of-31 (.903) from the free throw line in the contest. The Cavs outrebounded the Magic, 44-39, in the contest.
Cavs starting forward Ira Newble missed his fifth straight contest due to an Achilles' injury. Newble is listed as questionable for this evening's game.
The Cavs are currently in second place in the Central Division, a half-game behind Detroit.
Cleveland, which has won three straight home games, owns the Eastern Conference's best home mark at 17-4. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a five- game homestand.
Toronto could not topple the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre, as they fell 122-113. Chris Bosh paced Toronto with a career-high 29 points, Jalen Rose added 22 and Morris Peterson chipped in 21 for the Raptors, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Donyell Marshall contributed 19 in the loss and Rafer Alston added 13 points, eight assists and five steals.
Bosh has been a man among boys for the Raptors since late December, posting double-digit scoring in all 22 games. The talented youngster has added double- digit rebounds in 12 of the contests. For the season, Bosh is tallying 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Rose has registered 12 consecutive games in double figures, extending his team-best scoring average to 16.3. On the season, Rose is shooting an impressive 45.3 percent from the field.
Toronto drained 52 percent of its shots from the field, including 12-of-22 (.545) from three-point range. However, the Raptors hurt themselves with 17 turnovers while allowing Dallas to hit 60 percent of its shots. Toronto was also outrebounded, 38-33 in the contest.
At 20-28, the Raptors reside in fourth place in the Atlantic, four games behind first place Boston. All five teams are within 5 1/2 contests of each other in the Atlantic.
The Raptors have been atrocious on the road this season, going just 4-20 in foreign buildings. Toronto has lost two of three and 13 of its last 15 road tilts.
Cleveland won the first meeting of the year between these clubs, 105-97, at Gund Arena on Dec. 4. The Cavs have won two of the last three in this series. However, Toronto has actually won seven of its last 11 trips to Cleveland.
02/08 10:20:48 ET