CLEVELAND (Sporting Alert,Box Score) — LeBron James scored a game high 35 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.
James hit a go-ahead three-point to give the Cavs a 102-99 lead with 49 seconds left in the game before the hosts scored three free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Dion Waiters finished with 18 points off the bench, Kevin Love had 17 points nine rebounds and four assists and Kyrie Irving added 13 points and 10 assists for the Cavaliers (13-7), who have now won eight games in a row and shot 49.4 percent from the field.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors (16-6) with 18 points and 15 rebounds, with Terrence Ross also finishing with 18 points in the defeat.
Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 14 assists, with James Johnson and Patrick Patterson finishing with 12 points apiece in the defeat.
The Raptors led 63-55 at half-time and 88-81 at the end of the third quarter.
Tuesday night’s decision was the first time in 15 that the Raptors were losing when starting the fourth quarter with the lead this season.
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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors on the road five nights ago and the pair will be hoping for a similar result at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.
The Cavaliers have been in terrific form recently and they will look to extend their winning streak in the NBA when they play host to Toronto.
James and Cavaliers (12-7) have recovered from a 5-7 start to win the last seven straight games since Nov 22, and they will be hoping to keep that run going at home.
Cleveland ended a three game road trip with a 110-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night to win four straight games in December.
The Cavs are averaging 104 points per game this month and James believes things are starting to come together after a patchy start, which was heavily criticized.
“For the most part, for us as a team, I loved our approach, I loved our mindset,” the star forward was quoted as saying about the way the team is now playing.
“We had a bunker mentality coming into this road trip — understanding how important it was — and we took care of business.”
The Cavs will entertain a Raptors (16-5) team that sits atop of the Eastern Conference standings and has lost just twice in eight games on the road this season.
Toronto comes into Tuesday night games on the back of a 112-107 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets with Louis Williams leading the way with 26 points off the bench, while Patrick Patterson added 19 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role as well.
The pair, along with Kyle Lowry, who is averaging 20.3 points per game this season and Jonas Valanciunas, will all be vital for the road game on Tuesday night.