Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/11

Game 1: Wednesday, December 11th
Game 2: Friday, January 3rd
Game 3: Wednesday, March 26th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 16th

Raptors 83

(7-14, 3-8 away)

Cavaliers 96

(4-19, 3-7 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, December 11, 2002

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 22 21 1683
    CLE 23 21 30 2296

    Top Performers

    Tor: V. Lenard 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cle: D. Wagner 33 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wagner scores career-high 33 points in victory

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dajuan Wagner responded to John Lucas' motivational talk in a big way.

    Dajuan Wagner

    Cavaliers rookie Dajuan Wagner, right, scored 14 of his career-high 33 points in the third quarter.

    Wagner scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the injury-riddled Toronto Raptors 96-83 Wednesday night.

    "I took what coach said as a challenge,'' Wagner said. "He told me to be more aggressive. That's what I tried to do.''

    Wagner scored 14 points in the third quarter as Cleveland turned a 46-44 deficit into a 74-67 lead. The Cavs then opened the fourth quarter with an 18-6 run, holding Toronto without a field goal for the first 4:03.

    Wagner bounced back from a 1-for-6 shooting performance Monday night to connect on 50 percent of his shots for the first time as a pro, hitting 12 of 24.

    "I really ran Juanny because he didn't play very well in the last game,'' Lucas said of his 19-year-old scorer. "He came out and played very, very well. I really believe Juanny is going to be a star and I've got to get it out of him.''

    Wagner, who played just one year of college ball at Memphis, led the Cavs in scoring for the fifth time in the last six games. He is averaging 20.1 points since missing the first 14 games with a bladder infection.

    "He's going to be a great player in this league one day,'' said Raptors forward Morris Peterson, who scored 15 points.

    Voshon Lenard scored a season-high 24 points to lead Toronto, which lost for the fourth time in five games.

    Ricky Davis had 22 points for Cleveland, which has gone 2-19 since a 2-2 start.

    "We were in dire need of a win,'' Davis said. "This was real big.''

    Guard Alvin Williams joined the growing list of injured Raptors. He left 3:45 into the second quarter with a sore left ankle and did not return. He had been playing with soreness since hurting the ankle Dec. 2 at Dallas.

    "I don't know what happened,'' Williams said. "It just swelled up a lot. It is limiting a lot of my movement.''

    The Raptors already were without six injured players, including All-Star guard Vince Carter. The Raptors' leading scorer, averaging 19.2 a game, is expected to be sidelined two weeks with a strained right knee.

    Antonio Davis, who leads the Raptors in rebounding, centers Hakeem Olajuwon, Mamadou N'diaye and Eric Montross and former Cavs forward Lamond Murray also were not with the team due to a variety of ailments.

    Wagner had no clue the Raptors were ailing.

    "I didn't even know (Carter was hurt),'' Wagner said. "I just worry about my game and my team and things will take care of themselves. I don't worry about what the other team does.''

    Davis was not only aware of the Raptors' woes, but wary.

    "Some teams play better under those circumstances,'' he said. "There's a big difference without Carter and Davis in there for them.''

    Guard Lindsey Hunter, who had missed Toronto's previous 11 games with a sore right knee, scored seven points in 24 minutes. He had not played since Nov. 17 against Utah.

    Lenard scored 16 points in the first half and the Raptors led at the break 46-44.

    Game notes

    Wagner is the ninth Cavs rookie to score 30 points in a game. The team rookie record is 40, by Ron Harper in 1987 ... Rookie G Smush Parker, who had a career-best 20 points Monday night, got his first career start for Cleveland. He had seven points in 27 minutes. ... Toronto has not had a full squad of 12 players available for any game this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 96
    FGM-FGA 31-86 (.360) 35-76 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 2-14 (.143) 5-11 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 19-32 (.594) 21-34 (.618)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-49 8-42
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 14 17
    Steals 9 7
    Blocks 4 11
    Fast Break Points 6 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 21 (2/1)

    Top Performers

    Voshon Lenard Lenard
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Dajuan Wagner Wagner
    Points: 33
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1