Pacers rally from 22-point deficit to beat Cavaliers 97-95

Cavaliers looking to turn it around against strong Raptors

Cavaliers looking to turn it around against strong Raptors

"With how good we really are, we can't allow these types of games to happen".

The fact Toronto hasn't been ready for that the past several seasons left the Raptors determined to make changes heading into this season. A desperation shot by James at the buzzer then fell short.

With Lowry and Ibaka out, DeRozan playing below his typical standard of excellence, Toronto needed a punch.

"Completely different, completely different dynamic of the game", said DeRozan on Friday when comparing the Cavaliers and Warriors. When that ball's moving and they don't know where it's coming from, it's more hard to guard. "When he plays like that, he's huge for us".

Isaiah Thomas returned to the court after missing the beginning of the season with a hip injury. "(But) I think, big picture, we're headed in the right direction". The Celtics, they're looking like the number one seed.

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Thomas, who will sit out at IN because he has not been cleared to play both nights of a back-to-back, finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists, hitting 2-of-15 field goals and 0-for-6 from long range. Jordan, for example, is due $22.6 million this season and has a player option for 2018-19.

Until the playoffs start though, the doubts will still be there and it will be up to the Raptors to show that they are for real and are indeed a force to be reckoned with.

For Cleveland, it works the other way.

Houston is well on its way to breaking the record it set for most 3s by a team, done last season, and done in the previous season by Golden State.

The leading man for the Raptors is shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who is as underrated and overlooked individually as his team is by mainstream fans and media. It's also how they looked in Monday's blowout loss in Minnesota, and in last week's blowout loss in Boston.

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But they have lost seven of their previous 10. At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing, I hope not. We've had great months. Times where we're not playing well. "Every single time we come in here to practise". "It's just been a process of us learning a right rhythm, finding a comfort within it". Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times. The Warriors, too, are coming off their third-straight Finals, and though their roster is much better constructed to play defense, they still rank third in defensive rating, giving up 102.5 points per 100 possessions.

Williams finished with 30 points and six assists, one night after scoring a career-high 50 against defending champion Golden State. "They called me on the retaliation, but he played well tonight".

But here's the thing: None of this matters.

The Pacers were badly in need of an improved shooting performance from the perimeter because they have been truly struggling in this area lately.

January is notoriously known as the doldrums of the National Basketball Association season, when teams have their eyes on the All-Star break and the trade deadline and the second half of the year. The Cavs - who have now lost seven of their last 10 games - possess two first-round picks, including the Brooklyn Nets' first-rounder, but currently have little trade market for the valuable asset.

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