Calderon has 23, Raptors beat Cavaliers 113-99
Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon, from Spain, drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:06PM EST
CLEVELAND -- Jose Calderon scored a season-high 23 points, and the Toronto Raptors won on the road for the second time this season by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 on Tuesday night.
The Raptors snapped an 11-game skid on the road, winning away from home for the first time since Nov. 13 when they beat Indiana. Toronto, which is 2-14 on the road, has also won three in a row for the first time this season.
Alan Anderson hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points. Amir Johnson scored 17 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16.
Kyrie Irving, coming off a career-high 41 points Saturday, scored 23 points for Cleveland. The reigning rookie of the year, currently playing with a broken bone in his jaw, is wearing a protective mask.
Cavaliers centre Anderson Varejao, the league's leading rebounder, left the game briefly after injuring his right knee in the first quarter. Playing with a sleeve on his knee, Varejao had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Cleveland has lost four in a row and 10 of 11.
The Raptors led 78-76 going into the fourth quarter, but used a 17-7 run to open a 12-point lead. John Lucas III's four-point play, two 3-pointers by Anderson and five points helped Toronto build its lead.
Anderson began the quarter with a 3-pointer and Lucas followed with a rebound basket. After a Dion Waiters dunk, Lucas hit a 3-pointer, was fouled by Daniel Gibson and made the free throw to put Toronto ahead 87-78.
Johnson then hit two foul shots, converted a three-point play and Anderson hit his second 3-pointer.
The Raptors have won six of their last eight games against the Cavaliers overall, including each of their last four trips to Cleveland.
Toronto continues to play without centre Andrea Bargnani and guard Kyle Lowry, their second and third leading scorers. Both have missed the last four games. Bargnani has an injured right elbow while Lowry has a torn right triceps.
Waiters returned after missing eight games with a sprained left ankle, scoring eight points in 29 minutes. Irving and Waiters were starting together in the backcourt for only the 11th time this season. Irving missed 11 games with a broken left index finger before returning last week.
Gibson left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Varejao gave the Cavaliers a major scare when he landed awkwardly on his right leg and crumpled to the floor in pain after being fouled late in the first quarter. Varejao limped to the locker room, but returned with 9:04 remaining in the second quarter. The Cavaliers announced he had a bruised knee.
Seconds after returning to the game, Varejao was knocked hard to the floor by Johnson and appeared to land on his tailbone. Johnson was assessed with a flagrant one foul and Varejao stayed in the game.
Notes: Toronto F Landry Fields (elbow) has been cleared to play, but he saw no action Tuesday. Fields hasn't played since Nov. 7 and coach Dwane Casey wants to work him in slowly after missing 20 games. ... Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas, a native of Lithuania, was cheered on by several members of the Cleveland Lithuanian Club. ... Cleveland F Omri Casspi, who missed three games with the stomach flu, was healthy Tuesday, but didn't play. ... The Cavaliers, starting a stretch of four games in five nights, play at Boston on Wednesday.