Raptors ride huge third quarter to win over Cavaliers

The Toronto Raptors celebrate the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers during NBA action at the Air...

The Toronto Raptors celebrate the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers during NBA action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Friday February 21, 2014.(Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

A huge third-quarter surge gave the Raptors a 98-91 win on an historic evening for basketball in Canada.

The Raptors shot a crisp 70% in the third, erasing the stench of an ugly first half that featured 32% shooting by the home side.

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 of his 18 points in the third and Terrence Ross was strong throughout, leading all with 20 points, while playing great defence on Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng. Kyle Lowry scored nine points and added five assists in the third on the way to a 14 point, nine-assist game.

Toronto snapped Cleveland’s six-game winning streak — its longest since the LeBron James era — despite solid play from Brampton’s Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, who became the first Canadian duo selected in the NBA’s lottery to play on Canadian soil together.


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