The Cleveland Cavaliers look to extend their longest winning streak in more than two years as they visit the Toronto Raptors in a matchup of teams battling for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
A 108-102 victory at Atlanta on Monday night gave Cleveland a season-high four straight wins, its best stretch since also winning four straight from Feb. 6-16, 2002.
“This win shows how far we’ve come,” said LeBron James, who finished with 34 points, including three free throws in the final minute.
Cleveland is tied with Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, a game ahead of 10th-place Toronto.
The Raptors are coming off a 94-84 overtime loss to Indiana on Tuesday night, their third loss in four games.
Toronto has won just two of its last 14 games and is still without Jalen Rose and Alvin Williams. Rose, who broke his left hand, is expected to return within the next two weeks, while Williams is out indefinitely after having knee surgery last month.
Raptors coach Kevin O’Neill says the sooner those players return, the better.
“I think this time of year, if you’re an NBA player and you’ve already played 60 games, nobody’s 100 percent,” O’Neill said. “Everybody’s banged up. Everybody’s got sore joints, sore ankles, sore knees, sore everything. So I’ll take whatever I can get from anybody.”