Are Raptors finally built to beat Cavs in playoffs?

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2018

"I was talking at the beginning of the game about how sweet it would be to beat Cleveland for a third time".

Early on it certainly didn't look like the Pacers would be carrying that victorious momentum into their upcoming road trip. I'm 33 now, this thing started when I was 15, so more. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green led the way for Golden State in the win, combining for 47 points with Stephen Curry sidelined.

But the guy with a knack for getting inside opponents' heads with unthinkable stunts, like blowing in James' ear or giving him a thumb in the side - as television replays showed during the game - played the instigator perfectly.

Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored two first-half points. He made play after play down the stretch and when the game was over the Pacers' showman was celebrating.

After halftime, IN did a much better job IN limiting turnovers and getting back on defense.

It certainly doesn't help that the Pacers were 1-of-18 from 3-point range in the Miami loss.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse rose to their feet with 8 minutes left in the 4th, as LeBron was whistled for a technical foul for shoving Stephenson. Boston can't do it two years in a row, due to league rules, so it's just Cleveland Toronto is jockeying with for that honour.

"He's just born ready", said teammate Victor Oladipo, referring to Stephenson's "Born Ready" Brooklyn playground nickname. Lance continued to pester LeBron throughout the night until he just finally had enough. "So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did". I've known since school that it's not the guy who tells the joke who gets caught, it's the guy who laughs. "But he played well tonight". He's averaging 16.2 points, seven assists and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers gave away a 22-point lead in a shock loss to the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association on Friday.

Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, with IN finishing the game on an 8-0 run.

If the Raptors' rout of the rival Cleveland Cavaliers was a clash of styles, then their game Saturday against the visiting Golden State Warriors will be more like the students taking on the masters.

"DC felt like Lance got hung up on a screen and called the switch", Oladipo said of the late turnover. LeBron drove baseline and got whistled for stepping out of bounds.

The Cavs rank 29th in defensive rating, giving up 109.5 points per 100 possessions, better only than the 13-28 Sacramento Kings.

The Raptors have been eliminated by the Cavs in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, but some are saying this is the most complete Raptors team ever assembled.

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