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Kawhi Leonard's 37 points propels shorthanded Raptors past Cavaliers

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Kawhi Leonard (NBA Getty Images)

Fresh off of a thrilling comeback victory over the Pacers Wednesday, the Toronto Raptors (25-9) finished their two-game homestand with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-25) despite playing without Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.

Friday night marks the third of four matchups between Toronto and Cleveland this year - the Raptors won the first two meetings by an average margin of 11.5 points. With Friday night's win, Toronto has won three games over Cleveland in the same season for the first time since 2012.

If you missed any of the action, check below for live score updates, highlights and stats from throughout the night.

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Preview | Box Score | Play-by-play

Final: Raptors 126, Cavaliers 110

9:30 p.m. - End the night with some final stats:

9:20 p.m. - A solid effort from the Cavs ultimately isn't enough as the Raptors earn a 16-point win.

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Kawhi Leonard's big third quarter set the tone for Toronto, who pulled away from a scrappy Cleveland team in the fourth. Leonard finished the night with a game-high 37 points (22 in the second half) while OG Anunoby tied his career high of 21 points and Pascal Siakam chipped in with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). Fred VanVleet filled in nicely for the injured Kyle Lowry with 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Cleveland saw five players finish in double figures, led by 20 points from reserve guard Jordan Clarkson. Larry Nance Jr. delivered an impressive double-double with 16 points (on 6-for-7 shooting) and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Rookie guard Collin Sexton finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.

9:16 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam check out of the game with 2:01 remaining and the Raptors holding a 12-point lead.

Leonard exits having tied his season high of 37 points in 32 minutes while Siakam registered a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.

9:11 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard is on another level right now.

A 3-pointer from the star forward is his ninth-consecutive make from the field and he is up to 36 points on the night - he's shooting 12-for-16 from the field.

9:08 p.m. - The fourth quarter is winding down and the Raptors continue to keep the Cavs at bay.

Timeout on the floor with 4:42 remaining and Toronto leads 109-101 behind 33 points from Kawhi Leonard.

9:02 p.m. - OG Anunoby was two points away from tying his career high 21 points before this possession.

He reached 21 with authority.

8:58 p.m. - It's been a slow start to the quarter, but the Raptors have had a response for any burst the Cavs go on.

A Pascal Siakam layup puts Toronto back up by nine points and Cleveland signals for a timeout with 7:13 left in regulation.

The Raptors lead 106-97.

End of Third Quarter: Raptors 99, Cavaliers 93

8:48 p.m. - It was a big offensive quarter for both teams, as the Cavs used a flurry of 3-pointers to outscore the Raptors 41-40 in the third.

Cleveland sank six of its 10 3-point attempts in the quarter and was led by eight points from Jordan Clarkson in the period.

Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his 30 points on the night in the third, which was also a big quarter for Pascal Siakam (seven points) and Delon Wright (six points).

8:40 p.m. - Timeout on the floor with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Raptors maintaining a double-digit lead.

Kawhi Leonard has led the way with 15 points in the quarter and Toronto has built a 92-80 lead with 2:57 left.

8:32 p.m. - Kawhi Leonard is taking over!

A driving floater gives him 12 points in the third quarter alone and 27 points on the night - there's still 7:08 to play in the frame.

8:26 p.m. - The Raptors' lead is back to double-digits as Delon Wright gives the Raptors a 70-60 lead.

Timeout on the floor with 9:03 remaining in the third.

8:24 p.m. - Make that 10-straight 20-point games for Kawhi Leonard, who reaches the 20-point threshold with a driving layup.

8:20 p.m. - After a relatively quiet first half, Pascal Siakam scores the first bucket of the second half for his fourth points of the night.

Halftime: Raptors 59, Cavaliers 52

8:10 p.m. - Halftime stats to help tell the story:

8:02 p.m. - One half is in the books and the Raptors take a seven-point lead into the break.

Offensively, Toronto is led by OG Anunoby's game-high 17 points and 15 points from Kawhi Leonard. The duo have combined to shoot 12-for-18 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Fred VanVleet registered a solid first half with six points to go along with his game-high six assists.
The Cavaliers' Collin Sexton, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson each scored a team-high eight points in the first half and Cedi Osman has added seven points to contribute to Cleveland's balanced attack in the first half.

7:55 p.m. - Just under two minutes remain in the half and the Cavs still trail by nine.

Timeout on the floor.

OG Anunoby has tied his season high with 17 points in the first half, while Collin Sexton's eight points pace the Cavs.

7:50 p.m. - Defence → offence for Kawhi Leonard.

7:48 p.m. - We're almost at the midway point of the second and there's a break in the action.

With a 48-39 lead, Toronto calls for time with 6:20 remaining in the half.

Fred VanVleet's game-high assist total is up to six while the Cavs are now led by Cedi Osman's seven points.

7:40 p.m. - Norman Powell gets things started in the second quarter with a layup that gives the Raptors an eight-point lead.

End of First Quarter: Raptors 34, Cavaliers 28

7:36 p.m. - The first quarter comes to a close and the shorthanded Raptors hold a six-point lead over the Cavs.

It's been OG Anunoby's night so far - he's got a game-high 15 points (on 6-for-7 shooting), including 13 of the team's first 17 points. Anunoby is just two points shy of a season-high and six shy of a career high.

Alec Burks is leading the way for the Cavs with six points off the bench in under six minutes of action.

7:25 p.m. - OG Anunoby with the smooth spin and emphatic finish. He's up to 15 points tonight in just nine minutes of action.

7:19 p.m. - Larry Nance Jr. dives on a loose ball and calls for time to ensure the Cavs retain the possession.

Only 1:14 has elapsed since the last timeout and not much has changed - the Raptors lead 12-5 with 7:56 left in the quarter.

7:15 p.m. - OG Anunoby is feeling it early! Back-to-back 3-pointers give him eight points in the first three minutes of the game.

Timeout Cleveland as Toronto leads 12-2 with 9:10 remaining in the first.

7:10 p.m. - A Kawhi Leonard jump shot gets the Raptors on the board first and things are underway at Scotiabank Arena.

Pregame

6:25 p.m. - The Raptors will start a lineup of Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, Kawhi leonard, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam.

6:00 p.m. - The Athletic's Blake Murphy reports that the Raptors will also be without Danny Green

5:20 p.m. - Per TSN's Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas tonight.

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