Cavs tally worst defensive half of season against Raptors
The Cleveland Cavaliers keep setting marks for worst defensive performances in games this season and it continued against the high-flying Toronto Raptors.
On Wednesday, the Cavaliers allowed the most points in a half which was also the most points the Raptors recorded through any 24-minute stretch as they trailed Toronto 79-64 at the main break.
LeBron James played well in the first half with 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds, but the Raptors bench overshadowed anything Cleveland could do.
Toronto got 35 points on 14-of-26 shooting from their bench in the first half alone.
The reserves also hit six of nine three-pointers including one in the final second from Fred VanVleet which gave the Raptors the season-high 79 first-half points.
"We had a real tough time controlling the basketball," Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew, who is standing in for Tyronn Lue, told ESPN at the break.
VanVleet finished with 14 points and went four for five from three-point range in the first half.
"We turned over the ball too much and gave up too many three's to their bench," Drew told ESPN.