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We're trying to establish that style of play. "Once again, we're back to the beginning of the season". But I'm sure whoever he's speaking of or speaking to with that, he'll address it, as we usually do. They will look to get back to winning ways on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

The Raptors, who had seven players in double-figures, jumped out to a 65-40 half-time lead and never looked back.

That DeRozan had the lowest point total of those six players was the flawless example of how Toronto hopes to transform itself into a potent post-season threat.

This game certainly shows that the Raptors are making strides but time will only tell whether they can continue this.

For Cleveland, it works the other way. "You've got Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, arguably some of the best shooters in the game today".

But that's not to say they're slow.

Toronto's 133 points were the most by a Cleveland opponent this season, and marked the third consecutive contest that they have allowed at least 127.

So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a exhausted team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games.

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"Coming out in the third, we were just walking around". We've had great months.

In the meantime, the Cavaliers can't just wait for the turnaround to happen, because it has happened so many times before. This is just us.

"The potential is always there". That's usually a combination that equates to postseason success.In terms of point differential, the Cavs are 11th while Toronto ranks second, trailing the Golden State Warriors.Despite the Cavs' terrible stretch, ranking as the league's worst defense in the three games since Isaiah Thomas - who was supposed to lift the team to new heights - in the starting lineup, the Cavs don't seem too concerned.

For a night though it had to feel pretty good for the Raptors to be the one's laying the beating rather than on the receiving end of it which they have been too often with this Cavs team.

The absence of the injured Stephen Curry didn't affect the Golden State Warriors, as they produced a powerful fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-94. The Cavaliers will have to play with relentless effort if they would like to have any chance of slaying the champions.

To put it mildly, it's clear all is not well in Cleveland. The Cleveland's offense ranks fourth in the league.

Until someone manages to beat James four out of seven times before the National Basketball Association finals, however, the Cavaliers are still going to be favoured to beat any opponent in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jonas Valanciunas, left, dominated early, putting up nine points and nine rebounds in little more than six minutes.

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