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Cavaliers' Last Ditch Effort Falls Shy, Raptors Defeat Cleveland 104-96

As basketball returned to the Q Monday night, the number one and number four picks in the 2011 NBA Draft gave mixed results for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson, the fourth picked ignited the offensive flow off the bench with 13, including 5-of-7 from the free throw stripe. Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, had a tough first night, one that was hopefully a learning experience for him: he posted six points in 26 minutes. The Cavs' second stringer at the point, Ramon Sessions, efficiently put up 18 for Cleveland.

The Raptors got almost 50 of their 104 points off of the pick and roll, and 45 points off their reserves, and were led by starters Jose Calderon and Demar DeRozan with 15 apiece. They also shot 85% from the free throw line, and went 9-of-21 from three point land.

The Cavaliers will take on the Detroit Pistons next on Wednesday night.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.