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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cavs vs. Raptors, Game 78

CAVS (61-17) 113, TORONTO RAPTORS (38-39) 101
at Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have won 11 in a row over the Raptors at The Q, dating back to Dec. 4, 2004.

This is the Raptors' longest active streak of consecutive losses at an arena after snapping an 11-game slide to the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills earlier this season.

The Cavs haven't lost to the Raptors in Cleveland since April 6, 2004. They finished 3-1 against the Raptors this season.

The Cavs took control of the game in the third quarter when they outscored the Raptors, 35-26. The Cavs shot 71.4 percent from the field in the quarter.

LeBron James had an off night shooting - he was just 5 of 13 from the field - but dished out 13 assists. James and guard Mo Williams combined for 25 assists on the night. The Cavs had a season-high 38 assists against the Raptors.

The Raptors lost forward/center Chris Bosh to a broken nose and fractured facial bone with 9:52 remaining in the first quarter.

Assuming the Raptors hold onto the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, they will face the Cavs in the first round.

The Cavs are hinting that they're going to start resting people in the last four games, and that includes LeBron James. That could start on Thursday in Chicago.

GOOD GUY: I presented Cavs forward Jamario Moon with the Austin Carr Good Guy Award before the game. The local chapter of the Pro Basketball Writers Association presented him with a plaque.

Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas won the award last year.

AP TERRIFIC: Anthony Parker had a season-high 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

"I've been around this business since 1992," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "He’s one of the best pros I’ve been around. He’s a pro’s pro.

"We don’t call plays for AP. He plays off whoever he’s on the floor with. It’s a hard thing to do when you don’t get any plays called. He’s done a terrific job with his role. He has his hands full with his job."

NOTES: LeBron James was 0 of 2 from behind the arc. In his last two games, he's 0 of 11 from 3-point land.

-- The Cavs have won 33 of their last 35 at The Q.

-- For the second time this season, the Cavs had seven players in double figures. The last time it happened was Dec. 2 vs. Phoenix.

-- Their 38 assists was one shy of The Q record. That was 39 vs. Washington on Jan. 23, 2008.

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Antoine Wright (6-7, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Chris Bosh (6-10, 230)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Andrea Bargnani (7-0, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Sonny Weems (6-6, 203)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Jose Calderon (6-3, 210)
Cavs - C Shaquille O'Neal, G Sebastian Telfair, G Delonte West
Raptors - G Marcus Banks, F Joey Dorsey, C Patrick O'Bryant
Joe DeRosa, Pat Fraher, Ed Malloy


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