Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Dion Waiters recorded 23 points and 6 assists and Shaun Livingston added 15 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers booked their second straight win after beating the Toronto Raptors, 103-92, Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
With Kyrie Irving still sitting out with an hyperextended knee, the Cavs continued to lean on the hot-shooting hands of rookie guard Dion Waiters.
Waiters, who scored more than 20 points in the last two games, breached the 20-point mark for the third straight time as he shot 7-for-16 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.
The Raptors took a five-point lead, 25-20, at the end of the first quarter but the Cavs responded in the second period with a 37-23 onslaught to take a 57-48 cushion at the break.
From there, the Cavs controlled the lead and kept their poise despite the pressured being applied by the Raptors. Yet, the Raptors managed to trim the deficit down to three points, 93-90, with 1.55 minutes remaining.
However, Waiters stepped up again at crunch time and drained a big jumper to give the Cavs a five-point lead. Ellington also made another huge basket to virtually seal the deal for the home team.
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points while Rudy Gay recorded 24 points for the Raptors, who dropped their second straight game and slipped to 23-35 in the season.
The Cavs, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 without Irving and 20-38 in the season.