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Four takeaways from the Toronto Raptors' wire-to-wire win over the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Toronto Raptors cruised to a 126-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to win their 25th game of the season.

The Raptors have now beaten the Cavaliers three times this season, each win coming by double-figures.

From OG Anunoby tying his career-high and Kawhi Leonard tying his season-high, here are four takeaways from the game.

A wire-to-wire win

Kawhi Leonard got the Raptors on the board in the first minute of the game and they never looked back, leading the rest of the way to get the wire-to-wire victory.

The Raptors struggled from 3-point range - something that has been a trend in their losses this season - but they outscored the Cavaliers 66-48 in the paint, shot 52.7 percent from the field, got to the free throw line 26 times and took care of the ball.

Fred VanVleet had a particularly efficient game starting in place of Kyle Lowry. In 37 minutes, VanVleet scored 14 points, dished out eight assists and pulled down five rebounds without committing a single turnover.

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The Raptors also made things difficult for Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton, Cleveland's two leading scorers so far this season. The two combined for 37 points on 12-for-31 shooting from the field.

OG Anunoby's first half

OG Anunoby came out firing in this one.

The sophomore started in place of Danny Green and scored 13 of Toronto's first 15 points of the game, doing so on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.

Anunoby finished the opening quarter with 17 points, his final bucket coming on a slick spin move on Matthew Dellavedova out of the post.

Anunoby went on to score four more points, setting a new season-high and tying his career-high with 21 points. He shot 9-for-13 from the field and 3-for-7 from the perimeter.

With Green, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas each missing the game with injuries, Anunoby's scoring was much-needed for the Raptors.

Kawhi Leonard's third quarter

OG Anunoby wasn't the only Raptor to give the Cavaliers problems.

Kawhi Leonard tied his season-high with 37 points and made it look easy. The two-time All-Star made 12 of his 16 field goal attempts, two of his four 3-point attempts and 11 of his 12 free throw attempts.

Leonard was at his best in the third quarter, when he scored 15 of his 37 points. He made all five of his shot attempts, each one coming in the paint.

Leonard overpowered whomever was guarding him in the third and ended up with five free throws to show for it.

With drives like this, he looked like a man among boys:

A quick (and short-handed) turnaround

The Raptors are back at it on Saturday, when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.

The Raptors have already played the 76ers twice this season, winning both matchups handedly. They will, however, have to get it done without Kawhi Leonard, who continues to sit out one half of a back-to-back.

The Raptors could also be without Kyle Lowry and Danny Green against the 76ers. Nick Nurse said after the Cavaliers game that there's only a "chance" the two suit up.

Serge Ibaka, meanwhile, remains questionable.

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