Raptors 113, Cavaliers 99By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Dec 18, 2012 9:50 PM EST
CLEVELAND -- Toronto point guard Jose Calderon continued his recent domination of the Cavaliers, scoring 23 points in the Raptors' 113-99 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday. Calderon added six assists and five rebounds as the Raptors (7-19) snapped an 11-game road losing streak. Cleveland came into the game one of the league's worst road teams, 1-14. The Raptors took the lead for good on Calderon's 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining in the third quarter, 75-72, and never relinquished it. They've now won four in a row at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs (5-21) have not protected their home court this year, as they dropped to 3-8 at The Q. They made a big deal before the game about being completely healthy for the first time in almost a month. They welcomed back point guard Dion Waiters, who missed the previous eight games with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He showed his rust from the layoff, finishing with eight points and four assists. Waiters' field-goal percentage continues to plummet, as he made just four of 13 shots from the field. He came into the game shooting 36.3 percent from the floor this season. Guard Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 23 points, and he added a game-high seven assists. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds. The Raptors got great production from the bench. They had four reserves reach double figures, led by forward Alan Anderson's season-high 18 points. Forward Amir Johnson added 17 points, and he and Anderson grabbed six rebounds apiece. Guard John Lucas, the oldest son of the former Cavs coach by the same name, contributed 11 points and five assists. Toronto's bench outscored the Cavs, 60-21. Cavs center Anderson Varejao recorded his Eastern Conference-high 16th double-double with 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He converted 12 of 16 foul shots, both career highs. Forward Alonzo Gee added 15 for the Cavs, who have lost four in a row. Miles had 13 points for the Cavs before fouling out with 2:07 remaining. He's reached double figures in each of the past six games. He averaged 22 points in four games as a starter before being relegated to the bench upon Waiters' return. The Raptors led 78-76 going to the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cavs 29-23 in the third. The Cavs held a 53-49 advantage at halftime. Varejao had 13 points, six rebounds, one block and at least two floor burns before the break. He was knocked to the floor in the first quarter, and he suffered a right knee contusion. He returned in the second quarter and was promptly flattened after a flagrant foul by Johnson with 8:52 remaining in the first half. Calderon scored 15 points in the first half. The Cavs shot 53 percent from the field in the opening quarter while jumping out to a 29-22 lead. NOTES: Irving has been a terror for most point guards in the NBA. That can't be said about his matchup with Toronto's Jose Calderon. "Calderon has had his number since Kyrie has been in the league," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "He's outplayed him. I'm looking for him to have a bounce-back game. Calderon is a very clever point guard. I've always felt he was very underrated. You can't speed him up. He doesn't turn the ball over much. He doesn't make mistakes. He's one of those guys that I have a lot of respect for." ... Scott wants Irving's defensive lapses to cease. Scott called him out after Friday's loss to Milwaukee. His defense was overlooked in the New York game on Saturday when Irving scored a career-high 41 points. Scott wants Irving to improve his defense. "I want it all," Scott said. "I'm serious. I want him to be a complete basketball player. He's gotten to the point where he has to take that challenge every night." ... Obviously, Toronto wasn't scared off by Jonas Valanciunas' buyout situation with his team in Lithuania heading into the 2011 NBA draft. "With last year being a lockout situation, we knew it would be just as beneficial for him to play over there," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It was a short-term setback for a long-term investment." The Cavs went down to the wire with the decision between Valanciunas and Texas power forward Tristan Thompson, whom they picked with the No. 4 selection. ... Scott said before the season started Thompson could average a double-double. "A lot of people have a misconception of what he should be," he said. "A lot of people think he should average a double-double. I am happy where he is and with his progress. I tell him to not worry about what everyone says. All that matters is what we think of you." ... As expected, Scott started Waiters at shooting guard Tuesday. "You can't lose your starting job due to an injury," Scott said. ... Irving wore a see-through protective mask, and not the black mask he wore in New York on Saturday.
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