Toronto Raptors stay hot, rout slumping Cavaliers

Apr 26, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) attempts to steal the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) in the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Pascal Siakam scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Cavalier Cavaliers 112-96 Monday night at Tampa.

The Raptors won the season series between the teams, two games to one.

OG Anunoby added 20 points for the Raptors (26-35), who have won five of their past six games. Malachi Flynn scored 18 points off the bench, Khem Birch matched his career-best with 14 points and Kyle Lowry had nine points and 10 assists.

Isaac Okoro scored a career-best 20 points for the Cavaliers (21-40), who have lost six of seven. Darius Garland added 13 points and had 10 assists, Jarrett Allen scored 15 points and Kevin Love and Damyean Dotson each had 11.

The Raptors led by one point at halftime and increased the margin to 11 after three quarters.

The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter. But Anunoby’s layup had the Raptors ahead by 12 with 7:09 to play. Siakam made a layup with 5:20 to go, and Toronto led by 16 and then banked in a jumper to bump the lead to 17 with 3:47 remaining. Dotson’s 3-pointer cut the lead to 11.

The Raptors led 33-23 after one quarter.

The Cavaliers cut the lead to three points with nine minutes left in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Brodric Thomas. Garland’s dunk put Cleveland ahead 42-41 with 4:06 to go. Birch’s dunk completed the first-half scoring and gave the Raptors a 49-48 lead.

The game was tied at 56 on Okoro’s hook shot with 8:53 left in the third quarter. Lowry’s 3-pointer gave Toronto a nine-point lead with 4:13 remaining in the third. The lead reached 10 on two free throws by Lowry. After Cleveland cut the lead to four, Toronto went on a 7-0 run to lead 81-70 after three quarters.

The Raptors were without Gary Trent Jr. (ankle) and Chris Boucher (knee).

The Cavaliers were without Collin Sexton (concussion), Larry Nance Jr. (fractured thumb), Matthew Dellavedova (neck) and Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion).

–Field Level Media