Cavs Rip Raptors 120-98 - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cavs Rip Raptors 120-98

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James kept up his midseason scoring surge with 36 points and Larry Hughes added 27, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy 120-97 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

By scoring more than 30 for the third straight game, James raised his average to 33.6 points in his past seven games -- a tear that began with a 38-point performance in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 15.

James also made most of his free throws, going 15-of-17. He came in shooting just 68 percent from the line, a negative stat that has brought Cleveland's All-Star forward plenty of criticism this season.

Hughes, mired in a prolonged shooting slump, went 11-of-17 from the floor as the Cavaliers beat the Raptors for the fifth straight time in Cleveland. Hughes was just 31-of-95 in his last five games.

Leading by 10 at halftime, the Cavaliers, who were missing rookie point guard Daniel Gibson, pulled away by committing just one turnover while outscoring the Raptors 31-22 in the third quarter.

Chris Bosh had 25 points, Juan Dixon 24 and T.J. Ford had nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Raptors, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 3.

Toronto played without rookie forward Andrea Bargnani. The No. 1 overall selection in last year's draft flew back to Italy to be with his ailing grandfather. The club is hoping to have him back in time for Tuesday's game at Washington.

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