Jose Calderon dominates Kyle Lowry, Cavaliers beat Raptors, 112-106

CLEVELAND, Ohio — If Jose Calderon is going to outplay Toronto All-Star Kyle Lowry, the Raptors have no shot against the Cavaliers in the playoffs.That’s what happened Tuesday at The Q in Cleveland’s 112-106 win over Toronto in a game the Cavs led comfortably until a near-collapse by the end of their bench.LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points and contributed 10 rebounds and six assists. He passed Kobe Bryant for third place all time with his 942nd game with at least 20 points.But the story here was the 36-year-old Calderon – who was supposed to be one of those Cavs who barely play – running Lowry off the court.Calderon finished with a season-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four rebounds and four assists. Lowry, who attended his alma mater Villanova’s NCAA title game victory Monday night in San Antonio, scored five points on 2-of-11 shooting. He arrived in Cleveland in the middle of the night.The Cavs are now 23-9 when Calderon starts at point guard. He’s out there now because George Hill is sidelined with a sprained ankle.The Raptors are a deeper, more versatile group than the team the Cavs have knocked out of the playoffs the last two seasons. But they will still ultimately go only as far as Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can take them.DeRozan had a nice night (19 points, seven assists, 7-of-13 shooting), but not far behind was his Cleveland counterpart Rodney Hood (17 points).The Raptors’ lead over Boston in the East was down to 1.5 games after the loss, with Boston playing Tuesday in Milwaukee. Toronto hosts the Celtics Wednesday.The Cavs, winners of nine of their last 10 and seven in a row at home, remain a half-game in front of the 76ers for third in the East.Kevin Love, who missed shootaround in the morning because he was sick, contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs. He knocked down four 3-pointers. Jeff Green scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter — he started instead of Larry Nance Jr. so he could help on DeRozan.

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