Raptors F Ibaka, Cavaliers F Chriss ejected for scuffle


Pascal Siakam added 15 points, and Kyle Lowry scored 14 for the Raptors, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

It's worth noting that seven of the Raptors' 20 turnovers against the Cavs were offensive fouls, a note on the tenacity and hustle with which the host team played.

Things between the two got tense after they both went after the ball in hopes of beating the buzzer at the end of the third quarter.

Ibaka took exception to Chriss' defense as they battled for an inbounds pass with one second left on the clock. Neither player commented on the situation after the match but according to ESPN, a spokesperson for the Raptors explained that Ibaka was upset at what Chriss said while he was laying on the court.

Players and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident. He jumped up and put his hands on Chriss' throat and blows were exchanged - though none connected. Both players were ejected, obviously, and will likely face punishments from the National Basketball Association. To make matters worse, Cleveland shot an impressive 18-for-41 (43.9 percent) from beyond the arc to outscore Toronto 54-33 from long range.

Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game.

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Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 25 points and nine rebounds.

Turning Point - The third quarter has, at times, been a rough stretch for this year's Cavaliers.

The Wine & Gold led by four at intermission, but came out of the locker room swinging and never let Toronto find its footing - with Collin Sexton opening and closing Cleveland's 10-3 run with a three-pointer.

It got hot in Cleveland.

Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said he was not surprised the players were ejected.

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