Forgettable night for Raps; a special one for Williams

March 12, 2019
Lou Williams
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LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love tallied 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced attack to upset the Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Monday.

Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, who had a half dozen players in double figure scoring.

“That was a great win for us,” Love said. “Especially against a real good team at home. It was fun.”

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard returned from a one game absence to score 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the field for Toronto who have the second best record in the NBA.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors, who dropped to 48-20 on the season and trail Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record.

“They did a great job, they played well, and they made open shots,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty much the way the game played out.”

The Raptors said they wanted to rest Leonard in the last game because of the long season but they looked like a tired team against the Cavaliers and led only briefly in the first half.

Leonard hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive games since finishing up five straight in early February.

Cleveland led by as much as 27 points late in the game after seizing command early in the fourth.

Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss were ejected for a heated scuffle in the third quarter. Ibaka fell down and got up and immediately went after Chriss.

Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed his throat. A shoving match ensued and at one stage Ibaka tried to throw a punch but missed wildly. At that point Chriss was trying to break free and eventually did. One or both players could face a suspension.

Love said the fight didn’t last long.

“I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Love said. “It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what’s going on. It was broken up quick. That’s usually how it goes.”

In Los Angeles, Lou Williams made history by becoming the most prolific scoring substitute in NBA history by passing Dell Curry in the Los Angeles Clippers 140-115 win over the Boston Celtics.

Williams finished with 34 points as the Clippers continued their push towards the playoffs.

Williams now leads the NBA in points for a player coming off the bench with 11,154 in his career. Curry had 11,148 points as a reserve. It was Williams’ eighth game of the season with at least 30 points.