Feb 25, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown talks with point guard Kyrie Irving (2) against the Toronto Raptors during the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The Raptors won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Toronto Raptors 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 93

Final Outcome

In what was a close, enjoyable game, the Cavs fell 99 – 93 to the Raptors at the Q. Newcomer Spencer Hawes had 15 points and 7 boards, and Kyrie Irving turned in a very good performance but the Cavs were felled by a brilliant outing by DeMar DeRozan (33 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) and a couple questionable calls down the stretch. The Raptors improve to 32 – 25, while the Cavs fall to 22 – 36.

Key Play of the Game

With just over a minute left in the game, Kyrie Irving drove into the lane, and got called for a charge on Kyle Lowry on what was a very questionable call. On the next Cavalier possession, Tyler Zeller looked to have gotten hip-checked, but no foul was called and the Cavs turned the ball over. On the next, Irving again got to the paint and looked to get bumped by Amir Johnson, but again there was no call. It’s a bit ticky-tacky to blame the officials for the outcome of the game, however these three possessions essentially doomed the Cavs in the final minute.

Wine & Gold MVP

Without a doubt, Kyrie Irving is my MVP of the game. He played a career-high in regular season minutes (45) and played the entire second half. He finished the game with 25 points (10 – 22 FG, 1 – 5 3FG), and potentially could have had more if the aforementioned fouls had been called. He also added 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and was a huge reason why the Cavs stayed in the game down the stretch. A very good performance after a couple games that were just meh.

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The Cavs face a tough test as they travel to Oklahoma City to face Kevin Durant and the Thunder tomorrow at 8:00. The Cavs will look to snap their three-game losing streak against the Thunder, who have dropped two in a row at home.

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