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Kawhi Leonard carries Toronto Raptors past Cleveland Cavaliers with 34 points

Kawhi Leonard (NBA Getty Images)

The streak continues.

Despite not having Kyle Lowry (sore back), the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Saturday to win their eighth straight game.

If you missed any of the action, check below for updates, highlights, stats and more.

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Preview | Box Score | Play-by-Play

End of 4th quarter: Raptors 106, Cavaliers 95

10:20 p.m. - That'll do it! The Raptors beat the Cavaliers without Kyle Lowry and record their eighth straight victory.

Kawhi Leonard was spectacular for the Raptors, scoring 34 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Toronto also got a combined 45 points out of Fred VanVleet, Danny Green and Pascal Siakam.

Tristan Thompson led the way for the Cavaliers with 18 points and 19 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass. Jordan Clarkson provided a spark off the bench with 18 points.

10:14 p.m. - Fred VanVleet has hit a couple of timely shots for the Raptors in the fourth. His last triple might have sealed this one for the Raptors.

10:12 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard comes up with a big steal on Cedi Osman, gets fouled and drains a couple of free throws.

The Raptors lead is now 11.

10:10 p.m. - It hasn't taken Alec Burks long to get comfortable in a Cavaliers uniform. He has 11 points in 20 minutes off the bench, and his latest bucket forces Nick Nurse to call a timeout.

Raptors lead 96-89 with 3:29 to go.

10:08 p.m. - Make it 32 for Kawhi Leonard. The Cavaliers can't stop him.

9:59 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard is putting together another masterful performance. He's up to 30 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on the night.

Leonard continues to make big plays when the Raptors need him the most.

9:55 p.m. - The Cavaliers keep chipping away at the lead. A pair of free throws from Rodney Hood cuts Toronto's lead to 79-73.

End of 3rd quarter: Raptors 77, Cavaliers 67

9:50 p.m. - Tristan Thompson gets a putback in the closing seconds of the third quarter and Toronto's lead is down to 10.

That bucket gives Thompson a double-double on the night with 10 points and 17 rebounds. The Cavaliers have actually outscored the Raptors by three points in the Canadian's 31 minutes on the court.

Kawhi Leonard, meanwhile, is working on his own double-double with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Raptors are +26 in his 26 minutes on the court.

9:44 p.m. - The Cavaliers respond with a 6-0 run, leading to a Raptors timeout.

9:42 p.m. - A pair of free throws from Fred VanVleet makes it a 21-point Raptors lead. It's their largest lead of the night.

This one is getting out of hand.

9:36 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard extends Toronto's lead to 17 with 4:06 to go in the third.

Now let's see if they can hold on to it.

9:29 p.m. - The Cavaliers call a timeout with 6:59 remaining in the second.

They trail 59-50 following a Kawhi Leonard and-one in transition.

9:26 p.m. - The Cavaliers missed all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half, but they've already hit a couple in the third quarter. That'll help them mount a comeback.

End of 2nd quarter: Raptors 47, Cavaliers 40

9:05 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard checked out with 1:35 remaining in the quarter and Toronto's offence completely fell apart.

Two bad passes and a missed shot opened the door the Cavaliers to score a couple of easy buckets, and the Raptors lead is down to seven points after two.

Leonard has a game-high 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field. Toronto's next highest scorer is Serge Ibaka with six points.

Cedi Osman has a team-high nine points for the Cavaliers.

9:01 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard drains a jumper and gets fouled coming out of the timeout.

He has 13 points in the second quarter alone.

8:57 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard is starting to heat up. A couple of 3-pointers brings his point total up to 14 for the game.

His second triple puts the Raptors up 44-33 with 2:53 remaining in the first half.

8:53 p.m. - Wow! What a layup by Delon Wright:

That's straight out of Vince Carter's playbook .

8:46 p.m. - Near the midpoint of the second quarter, the Raptors lead 27-25.

Toronto is shooting 12-for-36 from the field for the game, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Cleveland is shooting 9-for-29 from the field and 0-for-7 from deep.

It ... hasn't been pretty.

This assist from OG Anunoby, however, was:

End of 1st quarter: Raptors 21, Cavaliers 21

8:34 p.m. - The first quarter is in the books, and we're tied at 21.

Danny Green leads the way for the Raptors with five points. Pascal Siakam has two points, three rebounds and two assists, and Kawhi Leonard has four points, two rebounds and one assist.

Rodney Hood has a team-high six points for the Cavaliers. Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson each have four.

8:31 p.m. - Serge Ibaka is now playing alongside Jonas Valanciunas to end the first quarter. It isn't a look Nick Nurse has gone to much this season.

8:26 p.m. - The Cavaliers call another timeout, this time trailing 17-14 thanks to a Raptors run.

3:43 minutes remain in the first.

8:24 p.m. - Pascal Siakam's fingerprints are all over this game. He only has two points, but he has already pulled down three rebounds and dished out a couple of assists in seven minutes of action.

8:20 p.m. - The Cavaliers call the first timeout of the game with 7:02 remaining in the first.

Cleveland leads 10-6.

The Raptors have gotten off to a relatively slow start in this one, shooting 3-for-9 from the field and committing a couple of turnovers. Kawhi Leonard is responsible for one of those turnovers and he's missed three of his first four shots.

8:11 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard gets the Raptors on the board with his signature pull-up!


8:09 p.m. - Starting for the Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, George Hill, Cedi Osman, Rodney Hood and Tristan Thompson.

7:20 p.m. - The Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry (sore back) against the Cavaliers. Fred VanVleet will start in his place, and Serge Ibaka will get the start at centre.

6:34 p.m. - George Hill (shoulder sprain) will make his return for the Cavaliers tonight. The veteran last played on Nov. 5, when he scored 22 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic.

Hill is averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game so far this season.

No Kevin Love, Ante Zizic, Sam Dekker, David Nwaba and J.R. Smith for Cleveland.

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