Ibaka, Chriss ejected after exchanging haymakers

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After Ibaka fell to the ground, he promptly got up and shoved Chriss from behind. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room, and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.

Ibaka initiated the contact in an incident that occurred with one second to go in the third quarter of what would become a 126-101 Cleveland home win. Kawhi Leonard's 25 points were a game-high for the Raptors, but it wasn't almost enough as the team struggled offensively all night.

Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, which placed six players in double figures.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are confident of going all the way in the east and then maybe even uprooting the Warriors when it comes to the National Basketball Association finals (if the Warriors make it this time).

Cleveland's Marquese Chriss and Toronto's Serge Ibaka battle for possession.

Cleveland outscored Toronto 32-22 in the third quarter to take a 14-point lead into the fourth. The Raptors are now second in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by two games.

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The Raptors are vying for an Eastern Conference win this season, as their team is second in the East now, with a 48-20 record. Toronto tied a team record with 21 made 3-pointers against the Heat on Sunday.

Kevin Love, with 16 points and 18 rebounds, recorded his ninth double-double in 14 games this season.

The Raptors, showing signs of being exhausted in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. The big difference was turnovers; Toronto committed 11 to just two by Cleveland in the first half. Neither player were available for comment afterwards.

For the Raptors, Fred VanVleet (left thumb ligament) is out. Patrick McCaw started Sunday's game, his first start since March 29, 2018, with Golden State. The Washington product has averaged 7.9 points per game in three National Basketball Association seasons.

Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. Tristan Thompson (foot), Larry Nance Jr. G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game.

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