With Warriors on way, Raptors keep focus after routing Cavs

"We've got to try to pick it back up and find it". I'm 33 now, this thing started when I was 15, so more.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points to lead the Bucks. The first two came by a combined 62 points and on Friday the Cavs were outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters on the second night of back-to-back road games.

The Pacers were badly in need of an improved shooting performance from the perimeter because they have been truly struggling in this area lately.

After halftime, IN did a much better job IN limiting turnovers and getting back on defense.

He baited LeBron James into a late technical foul.

It was just another act in their twos "chippy" history. Just a few days after losing by 28 points to the Timberwolves-and causing LeBron to get a little bit testy with reporters-Cleveland lost by 34 to the Raptors in Toronto, even though the Raptors were without the services of both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. Lance continued to pester LeBron throughout the night until he just finally had enough.

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Will Barton scored 17 points and the Nuggets ended their first three-game slide of the season by stifling the Grizzlies 87-78. With 2:10 left and the Pacers down two, he launched a 26-footer that tickled the bottom of the net, putting IN up by one.

"I'm going to say this and we're going to move forward because it's over", Lue said before the IN game as an explainer. I didn't know if I was ready or not, but I just felt like it was the time. "So they caught me on the retaliation, so - but he played well tonight". Even at five turnovers a game, his 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, five assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 48/36/75 is awesome.

Darren Collison led the way for the Pacers with 22 points, and Oladipo wasn't far behind with 19 despite a less-than-desirable 8-of-21 shooting clip. The Pacers rank 25th in the National Basketball Association with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.178, while Cleveland ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.160).

The result: IN, which trailed 26-6 about eight minutes into the game and still trailed 72-60 with 5:23 left IN the third, rallied. While everyone expects LeBron James and company to be (very) unsafe before the NBA Playoffs arrive, the team just dropped two straight games by 25-plus points and, outside of a wild winning streak, Cleveland's production has been quite pedestrian.

In his first ever playoff game in 2006, James played the hero by tiptoeing the line and staying in play, leading to a game-winning layup to beat the (that time he was coming from the left of the hoop, rather than the right).

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The Toronto Raptors celebrated their signature win of the season by trying to pretend it never happened, and they didn't have to try all that hard. Obviously, no one in Cleveland's camp is happy with how things are going for the team, including point guard Isaiah Thomas who reflected on the team's tendency to fall into a midseason malaise, saying that it's something he would like to help correct, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

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