Jose Calderon intercepts a pass intended for the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving during the first quarter of the Raptors win in Cleveland on Tuesday night. (Reuters)
CLEVELAND - The defence wasn’t the stifling brand that has carried the Raptors of late, but it was enough to propel the club to its third-straight win, a 113-99 victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
The common thread in the three victories has been team basketball and it was the case again, moreso on the offensive end this time around for the 7-19 club.
Jose Calderon starred again in the absence of Kyle Lowry, turning in a season-high 23 points, Amir Johnson was stellar in a 17 points effort, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and played well defensively and Alan Anderson was huge again in a 23-point effort.
Coming off of a standout performance against Houston, Calderon was cooking again against a familiar target. In two outings against Irving and the Cavs last year, Calderon averaged 14.5 points and 11 assists.