Cavaliers Win Over the Raptors 105-102: Game Recap 11/26/23

November 26, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Win

1 – Garland

Darius Garland scored a team-high 24 points and multiple 4th quarter buckets to put the game away. 

2 – Fast break 

The Cavs outscored the Raptors by nine points regarding fast break points.  This stat evened out the foul disparity. 18 for the Cavs compared to only 11 for the Raptors. 

3 – TT

Triston Thompson did not play many minutes, but his seven minutes lifted the team’s energy in the second half. 

Game Summary

Darius Garland showcased his skills with 24 points and eight assists, while Max Strus contributed 20 points in the third quarter, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-102 triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

The Cavaliers established their largest lead at 89-77 early in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 3-pointer from Garland. Although Dennis Schroder’s late-game efforts, including a 3-pointer, brought Toronto within striking distance at 103-102, the Cavaliers secured the win. Schroder scored seven of his 15 points in the final 95 seconds.

Donovan Mitchell’s two successful free throws extended Cleveland’s lead to 105-102 with 10 seconds left. However, Gary Trent Jr.’s unfortunate step out of bounds in the corner prevented Toronto from attempting a potential tying shot, allowing the Cavaliers to run out the clock.

In addition to his scoring prowess, Strus contributed 11 rebounds and five assists. Jarrett Allen added 18 points, and Evan Mobley recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which now holds a 1-2 record on its five-game homestand.

Raptors’ center Jakob Poeltl had a standout performance with season highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Pascal Siakam contributed 18 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Despite Scottie Barnes’ 15 points and eight rebounds, Toronto’s struggles on the road against Eastern Conference teams continued, dropping to 1-5.

Garland, who sat out the second half of the Lakers game due to a neck strain from a collision with Max Christie, played a game-high 41 minutes. Donovan Mitchell struggled, scoring 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting and missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

In the first half, Gary Trent Jr. made a significant impact off the bench, scoring 11 points in 14 minutes, helping Toronto build a 52-42 advantage. Garland and Allen contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Notably, Cleveland’s disciplined defense in the first quarter prevented Toronto from attempting a free throw until midway through the second, with the Cavaliers not committing a foul in the opening period and attempting only one foul shot in the first 29 minutes.

Up Next

Host Atlanta Hawks in an In-Season Tournament game on Tuesday night.

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