Lowry Fires Raptors to Pre-Season Win Over Cavaliers

Lowry Fires Raptors to Pre-Season Win Over Cavaliers

As preparations continue for the start of the new NBA season, the Toronto Raptors claimed a surprise victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Kyle Lowry finishing the first half with 25 points and six assists, eventually helping them to a 119-94 win on Thursday night. The Cavs were clearly struggling with the absence of Lebron James, with an additional injury to Channing Frye further effecting their chances. However, it was a step in the right direction for the Raptors who lost by 38 points last time at the Quicken Loans Arena, for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, and still have DeMar DeRozan to come back into the team. Elsewhere, DeMarre Carroll had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Cory Joseph finished on 17 points.

Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey revealed that Terrence Ross did not feature as a result of injuring himself while throwing down a 360 dunk during a team scrimmage earlier in the week, although he is expected to return for their next outing. The Raptors penultimate pre-season encounter will be a dress rehearsal for the NBA season opener, with the Detroit Pistons hosting Casey’s team. Having finished second in the Eastern Conference, only behind the Cavaliers last time around, BettingSports.com offer the Raptors among the favourites in the NBA betting odds to once again reach the play-offs.

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As far as the Cavaliers are concerned, the future of Lebron James continues to dominate their pre-season preparations, although the three-time all-star has written off speculation over his retirement from the game. Having put in one of the best final performances ever seen during last season’s play-offs, James is once again backed by BettingSports.com to lead the Cav’s to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Elsewhere, with the future of J.R. Smith still up in the air, with a number or teams including the Boston Celtics thought to be keen on trading the 31-year-old, the emphasis was placed on Kyrie Irving and Richard Jefferson. Jefferson filled in the void left by James at small forward, scoring four points in 18 minutes. Tristan Thompson made his pre-season debut on Thursday night, and had eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. 

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