Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Monday, November 7th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 8th

Cavaliers 105

(2-2, 1-2 away)

Raptors 93

(0-4, 0-3 home)

Coverage: FSOH

7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 24 27 23 31105
TOR 24 21 19 2993

Top Performers

Cle: L. James 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Tor: C. Bosh 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

LeBron's 27 points help Cavs keep Raptors winless

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto coach Sam Mitchell is thinking about benching some players after Raptors' first 0-4 start in their 11-year history.

"John Wooden said the best teacher is the bench," Mitchell said Monday night after Toronto's 105-93 loss to Cleveland. "If I go that route, and I haven't decided, it won't be because I'm angry. It will be that we have to grab some people's attention. The only way to get people's attention is with playing time."

LeBron James had 27 points to lead the Cavaliers.

Chris Bosh had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.

Cleveland outrebounded Toronto 47-30. The Raptors have been outrebounded 104-65 in their last two games.

Loren Woods, Toronto's starting center, didn't score and had just four rebounds. Rafael Araujo, the eighth overall pick in the draft two years ago, had two points and one rebound.

"We know we're not the biggest team in the league," Bosh said. "But sometimes we just have to be quicker than people."

Larry Hughes added 16 points for the Cavaliers, who salvaged the last game of their three-game road trip. The Cavaliers had six players reach double figures in scoring and never trailed after the first quarter.

"I didn't even start the fourth quarter and they bumped up the lead," James said.

James rested on the bench as Cleveland opened up a 14-point margin on Damon Jones' 3-pointer with 8:16 left.

Donyell Marshall had 12 points and 11 rebounds against his former team. He had seven points during a 10-0 second-quarter run to give Cleveland an 11-point lead -- its biggest of the first half.

"It's a great time to get my first double-double," Marshall said. "I'm not saying I hate the team, but when you come back to a city where you were, you want to have a good game."

After winning their home opener on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers dropped the first two games of the road trip. Cleveland was routed by San Antonio on Friday and then defeated by Memphis on Saturday.

Game notes

James had 56 points in a loss at Toronto on March 20, a career high and franchise record. "It was very special. It was an unbelievable night for myself. Even though we took a loss it was unbelievable," James said. ... Asked who is the better 3-point shooter on the team -- Marshall or himself -- James said with a smile: "Me. Just look at the stats. It's self-explanatory." ... The Raptors have yet to score more than 100 points this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 93
FGM-FGA 36-74 (.486) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 1-8 (.125)
FTM-FTA 29-34 (.853) 16-26 (.615)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-47 9-30
Assists 17 21
Turnovers 15 10
Steals 7 8
Blocks 5 4
Fast Break Points 11 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 20 (1/0)
Largest Lead 19 3

Top Performers

LeBron James James
Points: 27
Reb: 3
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Chris Bosh Bosh
Points: 26
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 0