ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Jorge Garbajosa scored 16 points, Fred
Jones and Andrea Bargnani each had 13, and the Toronto Raptors beat
the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-81 Wednesday night to remain unbeaten
in the preseason.
Toronto (4-0) rallied in the third quarter to take charge and
then pulled away from the Cavaliers (2-3), who played with LeBron
James watching from the bench.
Cleveland trailed by as many as 13 in the first half before
tying it at 53 on two free throws by Gooden with 8:15 left in the
third. But after Gooden's follow just over a minute later gave
Cleveland a 57-53 lead, the Raptors took off.
Jones pulled Toronto even at 57-all with a long jumper, then
Garbajosa hit three 3-pointers, all from the top of the key, and
Jones converted a three-point play to key a decisive 21-10 run.
A jumper from the left corner by Joey Graham, who had 12 points,
gave Toronto an 86-69 lead with 9:25 left as the Cavs went ice cold
with their reserves on the floor. Cleveland was outscored 25-14 in
the final quarter, going just 6-for-18 from the floor.
A night after he nearly had a triple-double in 30 minutes in
Cleveland's 93-67 exhibition victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, James
warmed up with his teammates but did not play despite repeated
chants of "We want LeBron! We want LeBron!" by the near-sellout
crowd of 9,200.
Cleveland coach Mike Brown is closely monitoring his star's
playing time and decided to rest James for the second time in the
preseason. James did not dress for last Friday's game against the
Boston Celtics in Manchester, N.H.
"I've got to focus on my health and how I feel," said James,
who sat out the fourth quarter Tuesday night after registering 13
points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. "I've got
to do what's best for my team and my teammates."
Ticket prices at Blue Cross Arena ranged from $25 to $150, and
James, who was listed as a probable starter before the game,
sympathized with the fans.
"I would be disappointed if I came and saw someone play (warm
up) and they're not in action," James said. "I'm not injured. I'm
just trying to get back to 100 percent from this summer."
James was a member of the U.S. national team that won bronze at
the world championships in Japan in early September.
The Cavaliers never led in the first half and faced their
biggest deficit before the break when Garbajosa hit a mid-range
jumper from the left side with 8:08 left in the second quarter to
give Toronto a 37-24 lead.
But the Raptors missed seven of their last eight shots of the
period, and a bank shot off the glass by Gooden with 73 seconds
left pulled the Cavs within 49-42 at halftime.