It was Cavs vs. Raptors at the ACC last night, the first time these two times met since the Cavs swept the Raptors out of the playoffs last spring. I expected a similar result, since—even though the Raptors have the better record and have been playing better basketball lately—Toronto was without two starters (the injured Kyle Lowry and the suspended Serge Ibaka) and the Cavs would surely be looking for a bounceback after their previous game, a 26-point loss to the Timberwolves.
I certainly didn’t suspect a 34-point Raptors win.
A few additional notes:
- When the Cavs—down 33 points—went on a 12-2 run in the third, I got a little nervous. Actually a lot nervous. Being a Raptors fan has clearly scarred me.
- The Raptors’ 133 points were a franchise record for a regulation game. They’ve scored 125+ seven times this season, and are averaging 112.1 points per game, five more than their franchise record-setting 106.9 last season. I’d say the new offense is working pretty well.
- This two-game stretch is the first time LeBron James has lost back-to-back games by 25+ points.
- This photo fills me with joy: