LeBron James Hoping Things Come Together For Cleveland Cavaliers Ahead Of Playoffs

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The Raptors didn't quit and scored eight points in 34 seconds before the Cavs put it away with four free throws. Updates with new lead.

Facing a late-season collapse, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors focused on what took them to the top of the NBA's Eastern Conference: defence. "They scored 79 points in the first half against us the last time, so we knew we had to bring the defense from the beginning".

The top two teams in the conference will meet today. "The defense played me differently tonight and I felt comfortable out there". "Our pace, our attention to detail on screens, getting it to our centers with a lot of time on the shot clock, allows us to make multiple passes throughout a possession that allows us to get the shot that we want". Both teams played on Tuesday night.

Even undermanned, Boston's bench was able to neutralize Toronto's, outscoring the Raptors' lauded second unit 35-20 on the night. After dropping 17 assists in Cleveland's last win over the Raptors, LeBron James deferred point guard duties to veteran journeyman Jose Calderon to great success early in the game. More importantly, he led Toronto with a plus-20 defensive rating, an improvement over his minus-10 in Boston and minus-9 in Cleveland.

"It's been tough on our guys", coach Stan Van Gundy said. Remain one win shy of matching the franchise record of 56 wins set in 2015-16. We've just got to keep going. Love totaled 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 98-87 home win over the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Sunday while LeBron James posted a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

If the Raptors want any chance of representing the East in the Finals, they're going to have to build a head of steam capable of bulldozing through the likes of the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to achieve common aim of regional security
The statement said Ghani and Abbasi held a one on one meeting followed by delegation level talks at the Presidential Palace. Later, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani offered Jumma prayers at Arg mosque.

Marcus Morris scored 21 points for Boston in its lowest-scoring game of the season.

John Wall had nearly as many turnovers (8) as points (9) and a bad minus-18 rating in an ugly 120-104 loss to the Rockets.

The Raptors insisted they were prepared for Boston's zone defence going in but, without their threes falling, breaking it turned out to be easier said than done. Boston lost its second consecutive game after winning six straight. "It was a good game for us". Listen, we lost our starting point guard last game, so we're trying to get everybody acclimated. DeRozan finished with 32 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 1 block with 2 turnovers in 36 minutes. "I've been cuttin' tobacco and I'm pretty exhausted", Enos "Country" Slaughter said. Anunoby and Ibaka have both looked better and more mobile since - the result of some much-needed rest - which offers some cause for encouragement. The Toronto Raptors are -4 over the Boston Celtics in this National Basketball Association power affair on Wednesday.

"The only reason we were down at halftime was the turnovers, even though we couldn't score".

After making eight of 19 field goal attempts in the first quarter, Boston shot 5 for 18 in the second and 5 for 19 in the third. But a short run prior to the fourth cut the deficit down to 14-points, 67-53.

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