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Indeed, Stephenson - whom the Cavs could have signed last season to a 10-day contract after working him out in a midseason free agent minicamp - put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists off the bench.
Stephenson's career bottomed after those matchups as he bounced between five different teams before rediscovering his game with the Pacers. Their next game is Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors. But it could be a cause for concern for Cavaliers fans who are growing impatient with the way the team is playing right now. James posted 39 points in Cleveland's loss to the Bucks on December 19 and 14 assists in the Cavs' loss to the Kings on December 27.
The Warriors rank second in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating this season, and they'll provide a stiff test for a Raptors team that has won seven of their past eight games.
The Warriors will need step it up defensively, as they have allowed an average of 110 points over the past 10 games.
But if someone only watched the way the Cavs played Thursday, he or she would question how in the world anyone thinks they can get back to the National Basketball Association finals.
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Williams is obviously the biggest name there, and is not yet ready for Grand Slam competition following the birth of her child. However, doubts remain over his fitness and whether he has the longevity to win seven five set matches in two weeks.
Marc Gasol scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis.
After falling behind 6-4, the Cavs went on a 22-0 run in the first quarter.
Bucks forward Khris Middleton went two for 12 from the floor with a mere eight points and four assists in Milwaukee's 108-94 loss to the Warriors.
Spencer Dinwiddie delivered the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left and came within one rebound of a triple-double as the Nets topped the Hawks 110-105.
Stephenson tied it with a 3-pointer at 74-all late in the third. In the moments after, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey immediately pointed to the large disparity in 3-point shooting between the two teams, speaking about trying to evolve in the summer.Change was necessary.
"If guys have agendas", Lue said, "we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way".
Time will tell whether this game was a flash in the pan or if the Raptors will consistently get the better of the Cavaliers this season.