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Five quick takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 82-68 win over the Toronto Raptors in a Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinal on Sunday night…
1. A sequence midway through the third quarter typified how this game went. With the Raptors in possession, the basketball was knocked free and rolled across the floor. Not one, but two Cavaliers dove headfirst and hit the deck in pursuit, first-round draft pick Collin Sexton and second-year man Jamel Artis. While the ball went out of bounds and stayed with the Raptors, Cleveland coaches James Posey and Damon Jones and all the players on the bench erupted in praise of the effort.
2. That type of defensive effort was on display for the entire third quarter as the Cavaliers crushed the Raptors (sound familiar in regards to a playoff game?), 21-4, in the 10-minute period. Cleveland hounded Toronto into a 2-for-20 shooting performance in the quarter, turning a 39-37 halftime deficit into a 58-43 lead after three.
3. John Holland led the Cavaliers (5-1) with 23 points, shooting 8 of 12 including a 4 of 7 effort from deep i na team-high 29 minutes, while Sexton had 18 points, on 6 of 14 shooting, three rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes. Scoochie Smith had 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks and Billy Preston also had 10 points, nine boards and a block.
4. Sexton was poked in the left eye late in the first half and did not come out of the locker room until after third second half began. However, he quickly jogged back onto the floor and Posey put him back into the game. Cleveland once again played without swingman Cedi Osman and center Ante Zizic.
5. LeBron James, late of the Cavaliers — for a second time, was on hand to watch his new team, the Lakers, defeat Detroit, 91-73, in the quarterfinal before the Cavs’ victory. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue shared an embrace with James, who was wearing gold Lakers shorts. The 12th-seeded Cavaliers will take on the top-seeded and defending summer-league champion Lakers in a semifinal Monday night at 8:30. It remains to be seen if James — and his shorts — make another appearance for that contest.