Marshall exacts revenge

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

CLEVELAND -- It has been snowing in Cleveland the past couple of days and Donyell Marshall rubbed the Raptors' faces in it last night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Marshall, who played parts of two seasons with the Raptors, contributed 19 points and six rebounds coming off the bench for Cleveland as the Cavaliers defeated Toronto 95-91. Marshall nailed a three with 18 seconds left and Toronto's Fred Jones all over him to seal the deal for the Cavaliers.

"Always," Marshall said with a chuckle, when asked if he takes extra pleasure in helping to bury his old club. "But it's not the same (pleasure) with (Rob) Babcock not there."

Marshall, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent prior to last season, is not a big fan of his former GM in Toronto.

In any event, the Raptors (7-11) had a golden opportunity to run their win streak to three, leading by seven points with five minutes left, before Marshall and teammates LeBron James and Anderson Varejao took control. James had five points and two rebounds in the final five minutes for Cleveland (11-7) while backup centre Varejao pulled in four boards.

Marshall had 10 points in the fourth, including the 25-footer with the clock running down.

"He was cocked and ready to go," Jones said of the shot. "I think I slapped and fouled when the ball left his hand. I think that was the best-contest I could give at that point. But he's a pro and made the shot and that sealed the game for them."

The Raptors, and Anthony Parker in particular, did a decent job guarding James, who managed 26 points, but the all-world forward distributed the wall well when double-teammed and picked up 10 assists. Parker also finished with 18 points.

When opponents do a good job controlling James, it's generally all for naught when his teammates step up, which was the story last night. The Cavaliers nailed 10 three-pointers and out-rebounded Toronto 49-37.

Toronto all-star Chris Bosh missed two days of practice this week because of an eye infection.

He is also nursing a sore right knee and sore left heel. But he battled through the various ailments last night, scoring 18 points with 12 rebounds, for his 13th double-double of the season. The only blemish on his night was shooting 2-for-12 from the field in the second half.

Jones, who entered last night's game shooting 1-for-14 over his last four outings, broke out of his slump in a big way, going 5-for-7 from the field last night for 14 points, although he missed an easy layup with four minutes left and Toronto up by one.

Raptors point guard T.J. Ford was forced into the locker room four minutes into the first quarter when he was cut above the eye driving to the basket, but returned a few minutes later. Ford, who is starting to look like a prize fighter, was also cut around the eye in Dallas last week. He brought Toronto to within two with 11 seconds left following a layup, but then fouled Daniel Gibson, who then nailed two frees.

Morris Peterson returned to the active roster last night after going out on Nov.22 with an elbow injury, but coach Sam Mitchell elected not to play the veteran swingman.

The Raps led 47-44 at the half but fell behind 68-67 after three when Cavaliers' guard Daniel Gibson, starting in his first NBA game, nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer.


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