Sports NBA wrap: LeBron James rips own team as Raptors thrash Cavs

20:22  12 january  2018
20:22  12 january  2018 Source:   Sporting News

VanVleet leads Raptors past Cavs

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For the first time in his career, LeBron James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points. Even the Raptors ' reserves were taking it to the Cavs as Fred VanVleet scored a team -high 22 points in 24 minutes.

NBA basketball : The slumping Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a crushing 133-99 defeat to the Toronto Raptors as LeBron James was left less than impressed. Even the Raptors ' reserves were taking it to the Cavs as Fred VanVleet scored a team -high 22 points in 24 minutes.

a man standing in front of a crowd: LeBron James© Getty Images LeBron James

For the first time in his career, LeBron James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points.

The Cavaliers were thumped by the Timberwolves by 28 on Monday and got crushed by the Raptors on Thursday despite Toronto playing without two of its better players in Kyle Lowry (tailbone) or Serge Ibaka (suspension).

James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating Monday and was minus-22 Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half of the 133-99 defeat to cap the season's midpoint.

The Raptors, who had seven players in double-figures, jumped out to a 65-40 halftime lead and never looked back. Even the Raptors' reserves were taking it to the Cavs as Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 22 points in 24 minutes.

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LeBron James was not happy after the Cleveland Cavaliers were dealt another heavy defeat in the NBA on Thursday. Even the Raptors ' reserves were taking it to the Cavs as Fred VanVleet scored a team -high 22 points in 24 minutes.

It's easy to understand why James was livid as the Cavs lost for the seventh time in their last 10 games. He was caught by TNT's cameras lashing out at teammates and assistant coach Phil Handy after Pascal Siakam drove the lane and dunked with little resistance.

"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another," James told reporters after the game. "So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did."

James is going to be angrier when he finds out Kyrie Irving likes seeing him upset.

Irving's replacement, Isaiah Thomas didn't help James' fury as the recovering point guard (hip) knocked down just 2 of 15 shots. He finished with four points and registered a minus-20.

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NBA . Weird things happened toward the end of the first half of Game 3 of the Raptors - Cavs series. While that was happening, Thompson flung his arm backwards and hit LeBron James in the face.

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Stud of the night

Clippers guard Lou Williams picked up where he left off Thursday with 30 points in a 121-115 win over the Kings. Williams dropped 50 on the Warriors Wednesday.

Duds of the night

The 76ers: Philadelphia led the Celtics by as many as 22 points in the second quarter, but still managed to choke in the second half to lose in London by double-digits. Sixers forward Robert Covington had the worst night of all, knocking down just two field goals while registering a minus-25 with four turnovers.

Highlight

Jordan Clarkson's spinning, no-look pass was the highlight of an otherwise lackluster first 16 minutes for the Lakers against the Spurs. The Lakers did come back for a 93-81 win.

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What's next

Warriors (33-9) at Bucks (22-18), 8 p.m. ET — Stephen Curry (ankle) is listed as questionable as Golden State embarks on a five-game road trip beginning Friday. Klay Thompson is expected to play after missing Wednesday’s home loss to the Clippers for rest purposes. The Bucks have yet to win back-to-back games in 2018 and are six-point underdogs to the Warriors.

Raptors’ Ibaka, Heat’s Johnson suspended one game by NBA .
Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and the Miami Heat’s James Johnson have each been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing punches at one another on Tuesday night. The league has also fined DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and Goran Dragic $10,000 for a separate altercation at the end of the game.Ibaka and Johnson got into it midway through the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game. The two were battling for position during an inbounds play when both lost their cools, starting with a forearm shove from Ibaka and straight right from Johnson that the Raptors big man took on the chin.

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