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Recap: Raptors 92, Cavs 77

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2012

TORONTO: The Cavs were playing their first set of back-to-back games and it showed, particularly with the rookies.

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson combined to shoot 3 of 18 from the floor and the Cavs shot 30 percent as a team in falling to the Raptors 92-77 to kick off a grueling seven-game road trip.

Antawn Jamison had 19 points, but the ball appeared to hit his surgically-repaired pinkie finger at an awkward angle in the third quarter. He had just two points in the second half.

The Cavs played from behind almost immediately, falling behind by double figures in the third quarter. Andrea Bargnani's four-point play, when he made a 3-pointer and was fouled by Anderson Varejao, pushed the Raptors' lead to 58-49 midway through the third quarter. The Raptors controlled the rest of the game.

Bargnani dominated the Cavs with 31 points and seven rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan had 25 points. DeRozan had five 3-pointers, equaling his total from all of last season.

The night was particularly painful for Thompson, who was the focal point in pregame because he grew up just outside Toronto. He missed all five of his shots and finished with 1 point.
The Cavs (3-3) play at Minnesota on Friday.

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