Irving-less Cavaliers down Raptors 103-92

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
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The Raptors lost for the first time in four road games since acquiring Gay in a trade from Memphis. It's been a difficult transition for the forward, leaving a contending team to one with slim chances to make the postseason.

"Winning fixes everything," Gay said. "This is still new to me. That's why I get so frustrated when things happen out there. I'm still trying to figure things out. It's definitely not easy losing. I'm not here to lose. I don't think anybody else is here to lose."

The Cavs were beyond awful in the opening minutes, shooting (6.7 percent) from the field and allowing the Raptors to run out to an early 21-7 lead.

Gay dropped a 3-pointer during a 16-2 run for Toronto, and in the initial moments of a timeout, Cleveland coach Byron Scott looked at his players as if to say, "'Hey, guys, put the ball in the hoop.'"

Waiters said the Cavs knew they had to get things turned around quickly.

"I was like, 'We gotta pick it up. We gotta do something. We can't play great against the Bulls and do this,'" he said. "At halftime, we came back and talked, found out what we were doing wrong and came out and executed."

Cleveland's players finally began finding their range and used an 11-4 spurt to pull within 25-20 heading into the second quarter. Considering their atrocious start, it was incredible the Cavs weren't further down. They heated up in the second quarter, shooting 71.4 percent (15 of 21) and outscoring the Raptors 37-23.

"The second quarter killed us," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "You give up a 37-point quarter and what we're playing for and what's at stake, that's too many points.

Cleveland's bench outscored Toronto's 39-8.

"We can't play our starters 48 minutes," Casey said. "I wish we could. The guys coming off the bench have to be ready to play."

NOTES: Toronto dropped six games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. ... Former Cavs majority owner Gordon Gund visited with current owner Dan Gilbert and former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas before the game outside Cleveland's locker room. Gund, who is blind, is in Cleveland for meetings for a foundation that raises money and awareness to fight diseases that cause blindness. "We're now delivering treatments and cures," Gund said. "That's the major reason I sold it (the team) when I did. I wanted to see it through. That's my passion now." ... Cavs G Daniel Gibson was active after missing three games to attend to a personal matter. He did not play on his 27th birthday.

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