The Toronto Raptors put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only eight possessions while totaling 23 assists, to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-91. Toronto (30-25) picked up the win after falling to Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
Terrence Ross put up 20 points on 9-18 shooting, including 2-7 on 3-point attempts. Other top performers for Toronto were Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry with 14 points and 9 assists. On 6-15 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-8 from the free throw line, Luol Deng put up 21 points for Cleveland in the loss. He also registered 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving chipped in 17 points and 9 assists and Tristan Thompson finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Raptors posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.88. This year, they are undefeated (3-0) when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Cavaliers are 3-6 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This defeat means an end to a six-game winning streak for Cleveland, pushing their record to 22-34 for the year.
Coming up, the Raptors square off against the Orlando Magic, who are 17-40 on the season. The Cavaliers match up against the Washington Wizards, currently sitting at 26-28 this year. The Raptors have a 1-0 record against Orlando this season. The Cavaliers have won two of their last three games against Washington.