Posted April 06, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Antawn Jamison scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Lester Hudson had a career-high 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 84-80 Friday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak. Samardo Samuels scored 10 points as Cleveland outscored the Raptors 33-17 in the fourth to avoid a sixth loss in seven meetings with Toronto. The Raptors shot 5 for 19 in the fourth. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott wasn't around to see his team's first win since March 19 at New Jersey. Scott was ejected with 53 seconds left in the first half after a brief but fiery argument with referee Kane Fitzgerald. It was the first ejection of the season for Scott, who was replaced by assistant Paul Pressey. DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points and Andrea Bargnani had 19 for the Raptors, who were seeking their first four-game winning streak since Nov. 17-24, 2010. Manny Harris started for Cleveland in place of Anthony Parker, who scored a season-high 27 points but bruised his sternum in Wednesday's loss at Milwaukee. Parker is also expected to miss Sunday's game at New Jersey. Harris, along with teammate Donald Sloan and Raptors teammates Alan Anderson and Ben Uzoh, was one of four starters from both squads who began the year in the NBA Development League. In all, Cleveland and Toronto featured seven players who have spent time in the D-League this season. A free throw by newly signed D-Leaguer Justin Dentmon put the Raptors up 64-51 early in the fourth before Cleveland roared back behind eight straight points by Jamison, including a pair of 3-pointers, pulling the Cavaliers within 65-59 with 9:10 left. Uzoh ended the run with a layup but, after a layup by Samuels, Jamison hit a jumper and then another 3, tying it at 66 with 6:56 remaining. DeRozan restored Toronto's lead with a hook shot, but the Raptors didn't score again for nearly 4 1/2 minutes. Cleveland, meanwhile, reeled off an 8-0 run behind four points from Samuels and a layup from Jamison, taking a 74-68 lead with 3:03 to go. Cleveland increased its lead to 78-71 and held on by making its free throws in the closing minute. Bargnani connected on his first six shots of the game and scored 13 points in the first as the Raptors rallied from an early 10-2 deficit to lead 22-20. Bargnani scored just one point in the second, but five each from DeRozan and Linas Kleiza helped the Raptors take a 42-39 lead at the half. DeRozan scored 11 in the third as Cleveland's shooting went cold, with the Cavaliers making just three of 19 field-goal attempts as the Raptors pulled away to take a 63-51 lead into the fourth. NOTES: Cleveland G Kyrie Irving is expected to miss seven to 10 days after re-injuring his sprained right shoulder in Tuesday's loss to San Antonio. ... Toronto was without G Jose Calderon, sidelined by an eye injury after he was elbowed by Elton Brand in Wednesday's win at Philadelphia. Calderon could return Sunday when the Raptors visit Oklahoma City. ... Raptors F James Johnson (disciplinary reasons) missed his second straight game. ... Toronto F Gary Forbes missed his third straight game with a sore left knee. ... The Raptors signed G Justin Dentmon to a 10-day contract and gave new 10-day contracts to Anderson and Uzoh. ... Former Raptor Sonny Weems attended the game.
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