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The Boston Celtics went into Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors with a unique opportunity in front of them. That's it. What I did last night was support my team, I got back here on time, I ain't miss nothing. Look for Cleveland to play with a sense of urgency and cover. The over/under betting line for total number of points scored is 223.5, 83% have picked the over.
In addition to the 19 points, which were second only to small forward LeBron James, Calderon pulled down four rebounds, handed out four assists, blocked one shot, stole two passes and finished plus-27, meaning the Cavaliers outscored the Raptors by 27 points in Calderon's 26 minutes on the floor.
"The way these guys have persevered these last 10 games says a lot about this team's character", Cleveland assistant coach Larry Drew said during his postgame conference. He made 8 of 13 field goals, 11 of 13 free throws and had three blocks and two steals.
James Harden's 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists carried the Rockets past the Wizards, 120-104.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Through all the adversity this season - losing streaks, injuries, trades and coaching questions - the Cleveland Cavaliers remain the league's best when it comes to closing out games. In other words, this game should be a much better indicator of how these two teams stack up. The Cavaliers won the most recent matchup 132-129, covering as 2-point underdogs.
In their last five games, Toronto is 0-5 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under. This time they failed miserably.
The three-time National Basketball Association champion went on to pass yet another record in the process as his points tally saw him overtake Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to second on the list of most 20-point games with 942. That was after he had three 11-point games in a row. DeMar DeRozan was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 12-for-19 shooting. His ability to make shots and just be very cerebral with our packages, it allows us to be successful.
BC-BKN-Celtics-Raptors, 1st Ld-Writethru, 758DeRozan scores 16 points as Raptors beat Celtics 96-78AP Photo FNG515, FNG516, FNG513, FNG512, FNG505Eds: Raptors 96, Celtics 78.
For all their success this season, the Toronto Raptors have struggled as of late, having gone 6-4 over their last 10 games, with two of those victories being nail-biters against the lowly Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks.
Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 21 off the bench to lead the Bulls past the Hornets, 120-114. In order for the Raptors to win the Atlantic, they need to finish the regular season strong, starting with this visit to Cleveland. Kevin Love has an average of 32.91 fantasy points per game on the season. Point guard Kyle Lowry, a 16.5-point scorer who attended alma mater Villanova's win over MI in the NCAA championship game Monday, had five points on 2-for-11 shooting while being defended primarily by Calderon.
LOS ANGELES - Kyle Kuzma scored six of his 30 points in overtime and Los Angeles swept the three-game season series against San Antonio.