COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Damon Jones hit an off-balance bank shot
with 19 seconds left and added two clinching free throws to lead
the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-83 preseason victory over the
Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers (5-2) with 22 points, and Jones
scored 13 apiece and Mike James 12 for the Raptors (2-4).
James, still recovering from a virus which caused severe chest
pain, had an off night, shooting just 5-for-15 from the field and
committing eight turnovers.
James was scoreless from the 4:07 mark of the second period,
when he hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 39-33 lead,
until 5:01 remained. His layup in traffic gave Cleveland a 72-68
Two free throws by Ilgauskas with 44.6 seconds left put the
Cavaliers ahead 81-78, but the Raptors pulled even when Jose
Calderon drove the lane and fed back to Araujo for a three-point
The Cavaliers took the lead for good at 83-81 on Jones' runner
Calderon then threw a bounce pass out of bounds before Jones hit
two free throws with 5.3 seconds left to clinch it.
Before the game, dozens of 11,370 fans at Nationwide Arena lined
up three deep at the Cavaliers end of the court to watch James
Two of the Cavaliers top players missed the game due to injury.
by a sprained finger on his right hand.
- Jess Kersey
- David Jones
- Olandis Poole