Raptors Continue Recent Roll Against Cavs

Our #RTZ Tweet of the Night winner @IamRemo got his wish with plenty to like from a Raptors perspective following Tuesday’s 96-88 win in Cleveland.

The victory wasn’t without its flaws — particularly in the early going — but what the Raptors lacked in consistency they more than made up for with effort, balance and a healthy dose of those “winning plays” we’ve heard heard coach Dwane Casey refer to so often this season.

When a bucket was needed late for the Raptors to avoid a potential collapse, there was Andrea Bargnani to follow up a long miss with one of his eight rebounds and a follow-up slam in his most effective outing since his return from injury.

With the Raptors’ double-digit lead threatened down the stretch and a 50/50 ball available, it was Leandro Barbosa who dove headlong into a pile for an offensive rebound — a play that seemed every bit as vital as his 12-point outburst in the second quarter.

Jerryd Bayless took some time to get things going, but countered a team-high 20 points with a focus on facilitating for his teammates that wasn’t nearly as evident on Sunday. His commitment to try and contain likely Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving at the other end of the floor was perhaps his greatest contribution to the win.

Add those big contributions to a hot start from Amir Johnson, boundless energy from Ed Davis and Aaron Gray off the bench and some very steady minutes from Gary Forbes at point guard early and the Raptors received enough to grind out their seventh road win of the season, surpassing last year’s total.

The Raptors now move on to Newark for their fourth game in five nights against the Nets on Wednesday, but before then, here’s the best of what you had to say on Tuesday night.

Top #RTZ Tweets – Raptors @ Cavaliers

@st3phan5  @Raptors. I feel this game is going to be Bargnani’s big come back solid game! Letgo #rtz

@TheSunsRay A really good First Q on the road. The 2nd vs their 2nd unit is favorable. Have to frustrate Jamison, #Rtz

@moe_aburas I think we should keep barbosa unreal 6th man and really good chemistry guy #RTZ #Raptors

@TDotSportsBlogr You gotta’ love Il Mago’s pump, drive, stop on a dime and pull up for the easy 15 footer! Unstoppable that is! #Raptors #RTZ

@clairecharness   @Raptors with andrea bargnani starting to come around the raptors will win this game book it! #rtz

@jhaymoney  I think someone needs to tell #Raptors Linas Klezia to wear Velcro shoes! #RTZ

@bkhotsiphom Aaron gray and ed davis giving nice minutes, putting in work #rtz @Raptors

@Snapbackkz Never seen Coaching staff more animated then the @Raptors there always up screaming every possession gotta love it #RTZ

@kuyaBRIAN_  @Raptors Its been the Killer Bees, tonight. Bayless & Barbosa. Cleveland has no answers for these guards, leading the way for the Raps.#RTZ

@DerozanFan10 #RTZ Barbosa just showed the true meaning of #poundtherock. What a dive for the loose ball !!! @Raptors @Eric__Smith @MatterofKAT

@RaptorNation101 IL Mago grabs his own board and finishes strong icing on the cake that’s game!!! #RTZ

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