Ibaka sat as he served a one-game suspension after throwing punches with Miami's James Johnson on Tuesday.
While DeRozan struggled to find an offensive groove in the first half, Toronto's second unit dominated the slower Cavaliers. To further the analogy, last night's game was the Raptors' Enter the Wu-Tang, and Delon Wright put Isaiah Thomas through all 36 Chambers. The pair were a combined 2-of-20 shooting with Smith being held scoreless.
The Cavaliers superstar is now 33 years old in the midst of his 15th season, and if he retired tomorrow he would have one of the more impressive resumes in National Basketball Association history. And Kevin Love agreed with LeBron and said it's just a matter of the Cavaliers figuring out a way to "play extremely hard and inspired". "It's a good test for us".
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Critics will claim the game was meaningless and that Cleveland's effort wanes from night-to-night.
James finished with 26 points for Cleveland who has lost six of eight games going back to a defeat to defending champion Golden State on Christmas Day. He has been the top scorer and clutch scorer on good teams, and has had his share of standout games against popular teams.
Cleveland showed its unseemly side again, losing for the seventh time in its past 10 games - looking more like the team that started the season 5-7 through its first 12 games than the squad that reeled off 18 wins in 19 games to follow that. Cleveland's Dwyane Wade answered with a dunk before time expired on the period.
Derrick Rose, the opening night starter, is still injured. The under is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in Toronto.
The Cavaliers slid toward the end of this road trip like they were riding bald tires down I-90 this weekend. The Pacers' 12 points were the fewest by an opponent in any quarter this season.
Although the Cavs were sharper in the third, the Raptors added to their lead, outscoring the Cavs 35-32 in the quarter to make it 100-72. With the 29th ranked defense, if Cleveland is not hitting from beyond the arc things tend to go poorly. For the first time in his career, the 14-time All-Star lost back-to-back games by 25 or more points, with this latest loss coming against a team without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.