News ID: 236245
Published: 0318 GMT December 22, 2018

Leonard scores 37, Raptors beat Cavs 126-110

Leonard scores 37, Raptors beat Cavs 126-110
Raptors’ forward Kawhi Leonard (R) goes for the basket against the Cavaliers during an NBA game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on December 21, 2018.
FRANK GUNN/AP

The Toronto Raptors keep rolling along despite missing a couple key players because of injuries.

Kawhi Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night, The Associated Press reported.

OG Anunoby equaled his career high with 21 points as Toronto improved its NBA-leading record to 25-9. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points.

The short-handed Raptors won their second straight despite injuries to three starters. Guard Kyle Lowry missed his fourth straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka was sidelined by a sore right knee for the second straight game. Guard Danny Green was shelved by a sore left knee after starting Toronto's first 33 games.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he has been impressed with the way his team has responded to the rash of injuries.

"I think we're handling it really well," Nurse said. "We're having to do a lot of different things, play a lot of different lineups, a little bit different style here and there."

Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for Cleveland, and Larry Nance Jr. had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Collin Sexton scored 17 points, and Cedi Osman finished with 12.

The Cavaliers lost for the fourth time in five games. They also dropped to 3-13 on the road.

Leonard shot 12 for 16 from the field and went 11 for 12 at the free-throw line. He was working out after the game and did not speak to the media.

 

 

   
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