Tristan Thompson finished with 15 points and notched 13 rebounds, his 31st double-double of the season, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a close victory over the Toronto Raptors, 102-100. The Cavaliers had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 36-70 (51.4%) from the field and 26-33 (78.8%) at the free throw line. Cleveland (28-44) has now won back-to-back games after defeating New York Knicks on Sunday.
Thompson went 3-4 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key performers for Cleveland were Dion Waiters with 24 points and 7 assists, Luol Deng with 19 points and 7 assists, and Anderson Varejao with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Kyle Lowry scored 22 points for Toronto on 8-18 shooting (3-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-7 from the free throw line. He also registered 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. DeMar DeRozan chipped in 13 points and 8 assists and Amir Johnson finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
This drops Toronto (39-31) to 2-1 against Cleveland on the year.
Coming up next, the Cavaliers square off with the Detroit Pistons, who are 26-44 on the year. The Raptors match up against the Boston Celtics, currently 23-47 this season. The Cavaliers have a 1-1 record against Detroit this season. The Raptors have a 1-1 record against Boston this season.