TORONTO (AP) -- Ricky Davis wanted to be the one responsible for
ending Cleveland's 14-game road losing streak.
Davis scored 29 points, including two free throws with 2.2
seconds remaining, as the Cavaliers beat the spiraling Toronto
Raptors 81-80 on Friday night.
"I tried to take over at the end," Davis said. "When the
pressure is on, you have to deliver."
Davis had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including nine
straight at one point. He finished 11-for-26 from the field with
six rebounds, five assists and six turnovers.
"Ricky came in and did what a go-to guy does," Cleveland coach
John Lucas said. "He's developed into a go-to guy that wins
Alvin Williams had 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost nine
straight and 16 of 18.
"This is frustrating because this is one of the worst teams in
the league," Williams said.
The lottery-bound Cavaliers improved to 7-27, while the Raptors
fell to 8-25.
Cleveland's Darius Miles made three costly turnovers in the
final five minutes, but Davis' two free throws cut Toronto's lead
to one point with 1:08 left.
After Toronto's Alvin Williams missed a jumper and Zydrunas
Ilgauskas blocked Jerome Williams' dunk attempt, Dajuan Wagner
inbounded the ball to Davis with less than 10 seconds left. Davis,
covered by Alvin Williams, went to the basket and was fouled by
Davis made the two free throws to give Cleveland an 81-80 lead.
"I tried to draw a foul," Davis said. "It's a great feeling
to come out and handle the pressure."
Miles then stole Morris Peterson's inbounds pass to seal the
victory for the Cavaliers, who also beat the Raptors at home on Dec
The Cavaliers hadn't lost 14 straight on the road since losing a
franchise-record 16 in a row in 1984.
"We had some bad turnovers down the stretch and the pressure
bothered us, but it was a big win," Lucas said. "We really needed
Toronto's Antonio Davis had 14 points and eight rebounds in his
first appearance after missing 13 games with a swollen right knee.
Injured All-Star Vince Carter missed his 23rd game this season.
Davis made a 16-foot jumper just before the buzzer to give
Cleveland a 47-45 halftime lead.
He also dunked over Antonio Davis in the second quarter.
The Raptors, who have lost six straight at home, went 1-for-15
from 3-point range.
Antonio Davis went 4-for-11 from the field. ... Ricky Davis
was 11-for-26 from the field. ... Toronto's Voshon Lenard didn't
return after leaving the game in the first half with a sprained
left ankle. ... Toronto's Jerome Williams had 18 rebounds.
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