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Published: 0308 GMT January 12, 2018

Cavs well beaten by Raptors; Celtics triumph in London

Cavs well beaten by Raptors; Celtics triumph in London
Kyrie Irving (L) of the Boston Celtics takes on Jerryd Bayless of the 76ers during the 2018 NBA London Game at London’s 02 Arena on January 11, 2018.

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Toronto Raptors steamrolled the Cleveland Cavaliers 133-99 on Thursday in Toronto.

CJ Miles made four three-pointers while scoring 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas contributed 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Raptors, Reuters reported.

Pascal Siakam also scored 16 points, Norman Powell tallied 14 and DeMar DeRozan added 13 points and eight assists as Toronto won for the sixth time in the past seven games.

LeBron James had 26 points for the Cavaliers, who were routed for the second straight contest while losing for the sixth time in the past eight games. Cleveland trailed by as many as 41 points on Monday in a 127-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The margins of defeat – 28 and 34 – represent the Cavaliers’ two worst of the season.

The Raptors posted a dominating 63-35 rebounding edge and limited the Cavaliers to 38.2 percent from the field. Jakob Poeltl had 12 rebounds and also scored 12 points for the home team.

VanVleet received extended playing time with Kyle Lowry sidelined, making a career-best six three-pointers (in eight attempts) and not committing a turnover in 24 minutes.

OG Anunoby and VanVleet drained back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 93-63 with 1:24 left in the third quarter. DeRozan nailed two three-pointers in the final minute as the Raptors took a 100-72 lead into the final stanza.

Lorenzo Brown’s ferocious dunk gave Toronto a 113-78 lead with 7:59 to go, and the Raptors finished off their highest scoring game of the season.


Celtics 114 76ers 103


On the verge of being blown out, the Boston Celtics instead boatraced the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday in London.

Outscoring Philadelphia 66-46 in the second half, Boston overcame a 22-point second quarter deficit and claimed a 114-103 victory at O2 Arena.

“We came out a little bit slow, but we wanted to pick it up in the second half, and (when) we got our feet under us we started playing ball,” Boston’s Jaylen Brown told NBC Sports Boston after scoring a team-high 21 points.

Brown led five players in double figures for the Celtics, with guard Kyrie Irving adding 20 to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Off the bench, Marcus Morris scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Jayson Tatum chipped in 16 points, while Al Horford nearly collected a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, eight boards and seven assists. The result enabled Boston to stretch their record to 34-10, which leads the Eastern Conference.

J.J. Redick scored a game-high 22 points for Philadelphia, while rookie Ben Simmons hit for 16. Joel Embiid contributed a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, and Dario Saric netted 12 points. In a reserve role, T.J. McConnell tallied 12 points.

The final score ended up being a bit flattering to the 76ers, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the final two minutes before scoring the game’s last seven points.


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