Raptors' Kawhi Leonard returns against Cavaliers
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates the team's win following second half NBA basketball action against the Portland Trail Blazers, in Toronto on Friday, March 1, 2019. Leonard was responsible for the game-winning two point basket. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 11, 2019 6:46PM EDT
CLEVELAND -- Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard is returning for Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after sitting out Sunday.
Leonard, who is averaging 27.1 points per game, which is tied for sixth in the NBA, missed Toronto's victory in Miami as the Raptors continue to manage his workload.
The 27-year-old Leonard hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5. The Raptors have one more set of back-to-back games against Detroit on Sunday and next Monday against New York.
Toronto rolled to 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.
Entering Monday night's game, Toronto (48-19) trails Milwaukee by two games for the best record in the league and has won 11 of 14.