Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss Ejected After Fighting During Game

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss Ejected After Fighting During Game

Leonard, averaging 27.1 points going into the game, hasn't appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from January 25 through February 5. A 131-114 Milwaukee Bucks victory over the Charlotte Hornets clinched the berth for the Raptors prior to their game in Miami on Sunday.

With that in mind, here are some takeaways from Monday night...

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors.

Cleveland's Marquese Chriss and Toronto's Serge Ibaka battle for possession. Kawhi Leonard shot an uncharacteristically poor 0-for-3 from the free throw line while Kyle Lowry failed to get to the line - two players that on average combine to shoot almost 11 free throws per night shot just three.

Raptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday.

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Despite a less-than-stellar performance in the first 24 minutes, the Raptors entered the half down just four points. Toronto cut the lead to five, but Love later hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Cleveland a 78-66 lead.

It all happened after Ibaka and Chriss got tangled up on a long pass at the end of the the third quarter.

Cleveland took command in the fourth and went ahead 108-88 midway through the period. Toronto tied a team record with 21 made 3-pointers against the Heat on Sunday. While this tied a franchise record, it set a new season-high, breaking the previous season-high of 18, something the team has accomplished twice this year. Cleveland converted these takeaways into 17 points, taking advantage of Toronto's miscues.

- Recent history: This is the final meeting between the Cavaliers and Raptors this season.

The Cavs rookie point guard is deserving of a takeaway of his own. The Washington product has averaged 7.9 points per game in three National Basketball Association seasons. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor. It's even more encouraging that he isn't too far removed from his 20th birthday.

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