Miller's triple-double carries Cavs past Raptors


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Andre Miller had his own personal All-Star game two nights late.

Miller, left off the All-Star team by fans, coaches and the commissioner, had 22 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the injury-depleted Toronto Raptors 99-81 Tuesday night.

"Yeah, I want to be an All-Star," the point guard said. "But I'm not going to worry about it. The accolades will come when this team starts winning."

The Raptors were without four key players, including All-Star forward Vince Carter, who was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with a strained left quadriceps.

"We didn't beat the real Toronto with Vince Carter not there," Cavs coach John Lucas said. "Any win for us we will take. If we can win tomorrow night we are on a streak."

Cleveland snapped its 10-game losing streak to the Raptors and won for just the third time in its last 18 games.

Miller, who entered the game leading the NBA in assists with 10.4 per game, grabbed his 10th rebound in the final minute to complete his fourth career triple-double. He also had four steals.

"I was aware I was close to the triple, but I just tried to let the game come to me," Miller said. "It wasn't a big deal. I got into a rhythm early and just felt comfortable."

Keon Clark scored 18 points and Morris Peterson, activated to replace Carter, added 17 for the Raptors.

"Toward the end I got a little tired," said Peterson, who had
missed 19 games with a broken index finger on his right hand.

Miller sparked Cleveland on a 26-8 run to close the first half as the Cavs led at the break 54-41. He had nine points, two assists and one steal in the final 5:51 of the half.

Toronto got no closer than 12 points in the second half.

Lamond Murray scored 19 points, Ricky Davis 18 and Wesley Person 17 for Cleveland.

Before the game, Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said coming back
from the All-Star break could prove troublesome for his club.

"It's like a well-tuned car," Wilkens said. "You let it sit for a few days, it might sputter when you start it up."

Except for Clark, who had 12 first-half points, the Raptors struggled early. Toronto missed eight of its first 14 free throws and made 10 turnovers compared to two by Cleveland in the first half.

"That's what I was worried about," Wilkens said afterward.
"We turned the ball over way too many times."

Game notes
Toronto also placed forward Jerome Williams (sprained right
ankle) on the injured list and activated center Mamadou N'Diaye.
... Eric Montross had 12 rebounds to lead Toronto, which
outrebounded the Cavs 45-37. ... Murray surpassed 7,000 career
points and also played some point guard to rest Miller. Reserve G
Bimbo Coles sat out with a sore left knee. ... Miller's 11th assist
passed Geoff Huston for eighth all-time among Cavs. He now has
1,637 in his career. ... Miller's 17 assists tie for the most by a
Raptors opponent. Brevin Knight had 17 for Cleveland against
Toronto on March 4, 1998. ... Cavs F Tyrone Hill, sidelined all
season with back spasms, went to the hospital during the game after
complaining of migraine headaches.