Struggling Cavs routed again, Lakers post third straight win

Struggling Cavs routed again, Lakers post third straight win
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after being fouled by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Toronto. (AP Photo)

 

Toronto, January 12 (AP): LeBron James isn’t enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench.

 

James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the NBA season as they were overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.

 

The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champions Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.

 

“I don’t know where it kind of went wrong or what happened,” James said. “We’ve got to try to pick it back up and find it.”

 

After losing to Minnesota 127-99 on Monday, the Cavaliers fell by an even bigger margin. Toronto’s 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third successive game that Cleveland have allowed at least 127.

 

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points for Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters.

 

C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Serge Ibaka (suspension).

 

Elsewhere, Brandon Ingram scored 26 points, Lonzo Ball added 18 and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 93-81 for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

 

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter. Ball contributed 10 rebounds and six assists as Los Angeles snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spurs at Staples Center since April 2013, the last time the Lakers made the playoffs.

 

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half for the Spurs, who committed 21 turnovers while playing without injured starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.

 

In Sacramento, Tyrone Wallace intercepted a pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk with 10.9 seconds left, moments after what looked like a costly turnover by Lou Williams, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Sacramento Kings 121-115 after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

 

The Clippers, who lost DeAndre Jordan to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter, won their third successive game over the Kings this season and their 11th in a row at Sacramento.

 

Also on Thursday, Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers lost 114-103 against the Boston Celtics in London.