Tuesday's matchup between Cleveland and Toronto was a clash of unwanted streaks. The Raptors were looking to snap an 11-game road losing skid; the Cavaliers were trying to break a four-game overall winless run. But in this contest between lottery teams, it was Toronto that would see its futility end.
Behind 23 points from Jose Calderon, the Raptors ripped the Cavaliers, 113-99, despite missing two of their top three scorers. The win continued a string of dominance for Toronto (7-19) over Cleveland, which has won six of its last eight against the Cavs and four straight in Ohio. Cleveland, meanwhile, has lost 10 of its last 11 games.
Despite a 29-22 lead after the first quarter, things slowly fell apart for the Cavaliers (5-21) over the next two periods, then unraveled completely in the fourth. Down 78-76 at the start of the final quarter, Cleveland saw Toronto go on a 17-7 run to push the lead to double digits. From there, the Cavs got as close as nine points before a 7-0 run by the Raptors sealed the game.
It was just the second road win of the season in 16 games for Toronto, which played without Andrea Bargnani or Kyle Lowry, but got plenty of help from Calderon and its bench. Three of Toronto's reserves — Amir Johnson, Linas Kleiza and Alan Anderson — scored in double digits, with Anderson leading the way with 18 points. For Cleveland, the game marked the return of Dion Waiters from an eight-game absence due to a sprained ankle. The rookie scored eight points. His backcourt partner, Kyrie Irving, notched 23 points. Anderson Varejao added 22 points and 10 rebounds, but bruised his knee in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers will next take the court Wednesday night in Boston. Tip-off will be 7:30 pm ET.