Shorthanded, no problem. The Toronto Raptors caught fire in the first half of this contest and never looked back, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A career-high 44 points from Gary Trent Jr. led the way but rookie guard Malachi Flynn's career night of 20 points and 11 assists played a key role as well.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Raptors 135, Cavaliers 115
What a showing from the Raptors.
Gary Trent Jr. was unconcious in this one, going for a career-high 41 points while shooting 17-for-19 (89.5%) from the field and 7-for-9 (77.8%) from 3-point range. He wasn't the only Raptor with a career night, either. Rookie guard Malachi Flynn was stellar with his first career double-double of 20 points and 11 assists, continuing to grow as a player. Toronto shot 61.6 percent from the field and 53.1 percent from 3 to pummel the Cavaliers.
As for Cleveland, Collin Sexton had a team-high 29 points and Darius Garland - who left the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return - finished with 19 points and eight assists.
The man just can't be stopped pic.twitter.com/nOamGvD5tZ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 11, 2021
The Raptors fended off a tough run from the Cavaliers and remain in the lead, 124-107, with 4:22 to play in the game. Rookie guard Malachi Flynn has notched the first double-double of his career with 18 points and 11 assists, shooting an efficient 7-for-11 from the field. Also, Gary Trent Jr. is now up to 39 points on the night.
End of third quarter: Raptors 100, Cavaliers 83
The Raptors still hold a commanding lead, but the Cavaliers are chipping away a bit. After scoring 87 points through the first two frames, Toronto only scored 13 points in the third quarter. Cleveland's tandem of Collin Sexton (25 points) and Darius Garland (19 points) started to fill it up to put some pressure on the road team.
The Raptors remain in the lead 95-70 midway through the third. Gary Trent Jr. has already tied his career-high 31 points... and there's still a quarter and a half to play!
UNCONSCIOUS pic.twitter.com/PxzyjDHqFi- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 11, 2021
Halftime: Raptors 87, Cavaliers 54
History! The Raptors' 87 points at the half sets a new franchise record. Shooting 32-for-45 (71.1%) from the field and 13-for-20 (65.0%) from 3-point range, Toronto has hardly missed. Gary Trent Jr. is on fire with 25 points shooting 9-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from 3 to lead the way. For the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland have 11 points apiece.
.@gtrentjr COOKIN' pic.twitter.com/X0BCfNYG23- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 11, 2021
Leading 65-38 with 6:08 to play in the half, Toronto is still shooting the lights out. The Raptors' red hot start has yet to cool off, shooting 77.4 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from 3-point range. OG Anunoby (15 points) and Gary Trent Jr. (14 points) appear to be having a competition to see who can go the longest without missing a shot, each shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.
End of first quarter: Raptors 47, Cavaliers 26
What a start to the game it was for the Raptors, who converted their first 11 field goal attempts. The team is clicking on all cylinders, shooting a near-perfect 17-for-20 (85.0%) from the field in the first half. DeAndre' Bembry is bringing the energy with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks while shooting 4-for-4 from the field. And what better way to cap off the first frame than a nice dime to Yuta Watanabe to beat the buzzer?
.@wacchi1013 at the buzzer... BANG! pic.twitter.com/D5VDFt8RiE- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 11, 2021
Malachi Flynn gets Kevin Love with a nice little hesitation move. The Raptors are out to a hot start, leading 14-7 three minutes into the contest.
Sheeeeeesssh that's cold, @malachiflynn pic.twitter.com/ChdEsLYAoT- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 10, 2021
The Raptors will start Malachi Flynn, Gary Trent Jr., DeAndre' Bembry, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/lgefv5QcLT- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 10, 2021
The Cavaliers will start Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade and Kevin Love.
Saturday night hoopin' on @BallySportsCLE! pic.twitter.com/BHE39YmIaZ- Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 10, 2021
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