Allen Leads Cavs To 119-95 Blowout Victory Over Raptors

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Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors, marking their ninth consecutive win and setting a season-high streak during Saturday’s NBA action. Allen notched 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Mobley contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds, highlighting the team’s strong inside presence.

Donovan Mitchell and Max Strus added to the Cavaliers’ offensive firepower with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Cleveland continued its impressive run, winning 22 of their last 26 games and boasting the best road record in the NBA at 17-8. Strus emphasized the team’s ambition to win every game decisively, praising the collective drive and aspiration to excel.

“We want to win every game,” Strus said. “We want to win every game by as much as we can. That’s what I love about this team, there’s a lot of fight and there’s a lot of hunger. Guys want to be great, and it’s fun.”

Caris LeVert and Georges Niang each chipped in with 13 points, and the Cavaliers’ lead swelled to as much as 25 points during the game. Contributions also came from Isaac Okoro and Darius Garland, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

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Cleveland’s defensive efforts have been notable, with the team maintaining an undefeated record when limiting opponents to under 100 points this season. Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff expressed the team’s goal to excel defensively, aiming to challenge and overpower opponents consistently.

“In our mind, we want to be elite defensively,” Bickerstaff said. “We want to be able to strangle people.”

Cleveland’s teamwork was on full display, evidenced by their 36 assists, just one shy of their season-high, leading to 48 made baskets. Allen highlighted the effective ball movement and team effort contributing to the win.

“We passed the ball very well tonight,” Allen said. “Everybody was moving, everybody was contributing to having a great game.”

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Despite the Raptors’ recent success against Cleveland at home and a four-game winning streak, the Cavaliers reversed their fortunes, extending their current winning streak to nine games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

Raptors’ Scottie Barnes performed commendably with 24 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds, securing his fourth career triple-double. Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic praised Barnes for stepping up as a team leader.

“He is really taking the next step as the leader of this team,” Rajakovic said. “I’m really proud of his contributions tonight.”

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The Raptors’ new additions, Ochai Agbaji and Kelly Olynyk, acquired in a recent trade, debuted. Olynyk scored 11 points in his hometown return, describing the warm reception as a special moment.

Cleveland surged ahead in the second quarter with a 21-4 run, establishing a commanding lead by halftime. Allen’s double-double in the first half set the tone for the Cavaliers’ dominant performance.

The Cavaliers look to continue their winning streak as they host the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Raptors aim to bounce back against the San Antonio Spurs, with both games scheduled for Monday.

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