Lou Williams scored a career-high 36 points and the visiting Toronto Raptors turned an 18-point deficit into a convincing 110-93 win over Cleveland on Saturday night, handing the Cavaliers their fourth straight loss.
The Raptors (11-2), who have won four in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history, trailed 26-8 less than four minutes into the game, but showed why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto led 56-54 at halftime and took control midway in the third quarter. The Raptors were up by as many as 19 points in the fourth.
Kevin Love scored 23 points to lead Cleveland. LeBron James, who spent the final 6:20 on the bench, finished with 15 points with 10 assists.
Thanks to Williams’ big night, the Raptors’ bench outscored the Cavaliers’ reserves, 55-19. That came after the Washington Wizards’ bench had a 40-9 edge Friday.
“I felt we just got nothing from our bench,” Cleveland Coach David Blatt said. “That pretty much explains it.”
at New York 91, Philadelphia 83: The 76ers fell to 0-13 as Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks. The 76ers are the first team to drop their first 13 games since the 2009-10 Nets lost 18 straight during the worst start in NBA history.
Phoenix 106, at Indiana 83: Gerald Green led all scorers with 23 points and the Suns won their fourth in a row, all on the road during a six-game trip. The Pacers had won four out of five.
Miami 99, at Orlando 92: Chris Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Heat to its 10th consecutive victory over its intrastate rival. Nic Vucevic led the Magic with 33 points and 17 rebounds.
at Houston 95, Dallas 92: James Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Rockets end the Mavericks’ six-game winning streak.
Sacramento 113, at Minnesota 101: DeMarcus Cousins had 31 points and 18 rebounds to power the Kings over the short-handed Timberwolves, who got a career-high 29 points and four steals from rookie Andrew Wiggins.
Washington 111, at Milwaukee 100: Paul Pierce scored 25 points and John Wall added 19 points as the Wizards rallied from 15 points down.
at San Antonio 99, Brooklyn 87: Tony Parker had 22 points and the Spurs never trailed as they won their fourth in a row overall, and their 12th consecutive regular season home game over the Nets. Tim Duncan had seven points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and three steals in 25 minutes, and he rested after playing the first seven minutes of the second half.
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