The Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Toronto on Friday night needing a win in the worst possible way. Nine losses in a row, they had to beat the Raptors, fresh off an upset over Philadelphia, to snap the skid. They did just that, beating Toronto with fourth period offensive explosion for a 84-80 win.
Cleveland scored 33 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 12-point deficit after three periods of play. Antwan Jamison scored 24 points and had eight rebounds. Leston Hudson had 23 points to salvage a Cavs team that shot just 34 percent from the field.
Despite poor shooting, the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting something of a break thanks to their efficiency from the free throw line. They trail the Toronto Raptors by a score of 42-39 at halftime in Toronto.
The Cavs are hitting just 37 percent of their shots from the field, versus 47 percent for the Raptors. Lester Hudson, who is four-for-eight from the field, leads the team in scoring with 11 points. Antwan Jamison has nine points, and Alonzo Gee has seven rebounds in the effort as Cleveland continues to play without Rookie of the Year candidate Kyrie Irving.
Cleveland has hit 11-of-13 free throw attempts to keep it close in the wake of their poor shooting.
Parker was injured against the Milwaukee Buck on Wednesday, a game that ended up 107-98 in Milwaukee's favor. He'll also miss Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets, and the Cavaliers will re-visit his status prior to Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Manny Harris is expected to get the start in Parker's place. He'll be playing on a team that is already without some important players, like Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson. Most importantly though, the Cavaliers will be trying to recover from their significant losing streak without rookie Kyrie Irving, who has been great this season. A sprained right shoulder is keeping him out.
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