TORONTO – – Darius Garland made a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Raptors 102-101 on Friday night, ending Toronto’s winning streak with five games .
Garland scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, Jarrett Allen had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Evan Mobley scored 18 for the Cavs, who had lost their previous six games in Toronto.
“They’re a very good physical, active and defensive team trying to get you on their heels,” Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff said of the Raptors. “In the second half, Darius put them on their heels. “
Allen credited Garland, a third-year goalie, with keeping the Cavs calm in the dying minutes.
“Towards the end, we could see we were pissed off,” Allen said. “They were hitting tough shots, our defense wasn’t where it needed to be. He got us all together and told us we had to be in our game, and we did.
Cleveland won their third straight game and improved to 4-3 on the road.
“We are getting more and more confident with every game,” said Mobley. “Chemistry builds every game.”
Bickerstaff was impressed with the maturity his team displayed in defeating a tough opponent on the road.
“There is something special growing in this locker room,” said Bickerstaff.
OG Anunoby scored 23 points but missed a jump shot in the dying seconds that would have won it for the Raptors. Rookie Scottie Barnes, who returned after missing two games with a sprained right thumb, was unable to convert a warning over Anunoby’s late miss.
“We sent the ball to OG, we got a decent shot,” Barnes said. “I just missed the tip.”
Cedi Osman scored 17 points for the Cavaliers and Ricky Rubio had 11.
Fred VanVleet scored 18 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 17 and Barnes scored 14 for the Raptors, who led by 15 points at the start of the third quarter.
“This one was weird to lose,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I think we played pretty hard and I think we played pretty well. “
Toronto led 80-74 to start the fourth. With 4:42 remaining, Allen scored at home a 3-runner-up to tie at 94-all.
“The basketball gods, when you play like our guys did, sometimes they favor you,” Bickerstaff said. “This hit showed the favor.”
The Raptors fell back and Anunoby’s 3 scored 101-96 with 1:43 left. Allen scored back-to-back baskets to make it a one-point game, and the Cavs took possession with 24.8 seconds left after Barnes failed to grab the rebound on VanVleet’s 3 misses.
Anunoby fouled Garland behind the wheel, and the Cavs goaltender did both to give his team their first and only lead of the game.
Toronto called the time out, but Anunoby and Barnes couldn’t deliver the winning basket.
Up 29-28 after one, the Raptors widened their lead with an 11-2 run to start the second quarter and took a 57-48 halftime advantage.
Cavaliers: Made 19 turnovers, leading to 23 points in Toronto. … Osman shot 3 for 5 to 3 points in the first half, but the rest of the Cavs were 1 for 9.… Garland had eight assists.
Raptors: F Pascal Siakam is ahead of his return from left shoulder surgery and could return to the roster next week, Nurse said. Siakam recently returned from an exam with the Los Angeles-based doctor who performed his operation.
Toronto didn’t shoot a free throw in the first quarter, while the Cavs scored 8 for 9 on the line during the period.
Anunoby has scored 20 or more points in six of his last eight games.
Cavaliers: Visit New York on Sunday evening.
Raptors: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.