Cavs-Raptors meet in playoffs again… in summer league

Purdue product Dakota Mathias and the Cavs will tangle with the Raptors in summer-league quarterfinal Sunday at 6.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are anything but strangers when it comes to playoff competition.

However, the postseason rivalry, which has been dominated by the LeBron James-led Cavaliers, will author a new chapter Sunday.

Cleveland and Toronto will meet in a Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinal Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The 12th-seeded Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals via a 92-87 conquest of the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

The 29th-seeded Raptors were forced to work overtime to move on, eliminating the Charlotte Hornets, 87-84.

Both teams had five players reach double figures in their victories Saturday.

Collin Sexton and Scoochie Smith both had 17 points for the Cavs in their win against the Rockets, while Jamel Artis (13), Billy Preston (12) and Dakota Mathias (10) all scored 10 or more points.

Rawle Alkins had 25 points, putting up a 5-of-7 shooting performance from deep, and added 11 boards and two dimes for the Raptors in their OT takedown of the Hornets, while Malachi Richardson had 14, Shevon Thompson had 12 and Giddy Potts and Marquis Teague had 10 each.

Cleveland, which played without center Ante Zizic and swingman Cedi Osman, has won four of its five games in Las Vegas.

Saturday’s triumph improved Toronto’s record to 2-3 in Sin City.

Here’s Sunday’s full quarterfinal schedule:

  • 4 p.m. — (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (25) Detroit Pistons (ESPN)
  • 6 p.m. — (29) Toronto vs. (12) Cleveland (ESPN2)
  • 8 p.m. — (2) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (10) Boston Celtics (ESPN2)
  • 10 p.m. — (30) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (27) Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN2)