Updated 02:05 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 22, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: Winner, Analysis & Highlights

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The Toronto Raptors were successful in defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday with a 103-99 victory led by Kyle Lowry.

According to Fox Sports, Lowry had 27 points while DeMar DeRozan contributed 20 more for their third straight victory.

"It's just good to be home. Every time you come off a West Coast road trip, it's a little bit harder to get that first game under your belt. We did a good job keeping ourselves focused," Lowry said.

Raptors coach, Dwane Casey, praised Lowry for his performance and tagged their win as a "litmus test" for the team as per The Star.

"It's always a concern when he gives you that look sometimes and it's trouble. But he did a good job of closing out," the coach said of Lowry.

He added that the point guard was able to keep this pace and tempo.

"Closing out the game is something we didn't do in a couple games last week. We had a couple of lapses but they weren't very long. We have to shorten those gaps or lulls, whether it's on the defensive end or offensive end," added Casey.

The Star said that even though LeBron James, the best player in the world, was with the Cavaliers, the team still did not manage to pull off a win on Wednesday. James scored 24 points and made eight assists and six rebounds while Kevin Love had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"They're a good team. We also, on a lot of plays, executed our offense but just missed some shots that we normally make and that happened down the stretch and there is never a good time for that," Love told Fox Sports.

Cavs coach, David Blatt, on the other hand, blamed fatigue for their loss. He said that his guys got tired because they were "short-handed."

"Our guys played hard. I thought we just ran out of gas. It's not an excuse. It's just an observation," noted Blatt.

But James opposed his coach's statement, saying that fatigue was not a factor in their loss. ESPN said the Cavs star mentioned that it should never be an excuse, just like the injuries in the team.

He was obviously bothered with his team's recent loss. "It's all mindset. It comes from within. I've always had it; my upbringing had me like that. It's either you got it or you don't," James said after the game.

Cleveland.com said fans would want to know how the Cavs will respond to this loss as they will face the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. The Hornets have also won four consecutive games.

"We've got to learn to play on the road again, which we did last year at some point. We just learned how to start winning games on the road and we haven't been able to do it thus far," James said in the Cleveland.com report.

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