Old friend Jose Calderon leads the Cavaliers past the Raptors

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"The way our guys have persevered through these last 10 (games) says a lot about the character of this team". Here's what we learned from a win against the to team in the East.

Of course, the Cavaliers that beat the first-place Raptors 112-106 on Tuesday night in Cleveland aren't the same Cavs that stumbled through December and January. His team lost. But that doesn't diminish the way Morris delivered yet another impressive scoring performance, leading all players with 21 points on an efficient 7-for-14 shooting night.

"He was huge for us tonight, obviously, right from the beginning", James said.

"[Drake] said little things, but I think he does that all the time with everybody".

"We don't know what we can become", he added.

"We're nearly healthy and if we continue to play like we've been playing both offensively and defensively, get our star point guard back in George Hill, get our star coach back in T-Lue, then we'll see what happens", he said.

"I thought our defensive focus was there, our attention to detail, guys were where they were supposed to be, a few hiccups but a big improvement over last night", said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

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But the story here was the 36-year-old Calderon - who was supposed to be one of those Cavs who barely play - running Lowry off the court.

"Cause we got a closer", James said with a smile. A possible playoff preview, though only if the Wizards start playing better to get the No. 6 seed. "It's a new season and we'll see what happens". This time they failed miserably. So, theoretically, the Celtics could still overtake the Raptors. It's a tough back-to-back, one that could mean a tie atop the East if it goes poorly for the Raptors.

Every time Toronto made a run - cutting the deficit to five and two points in the third and fourth quarters - the Cavaliers got a good look and made an open shot. Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka both played well, with each player recording a double-double.

According to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy, the National Basketball Association will not fine Celtics' forward Marcus Morris for his referee butt slap, in the team's recent matchup with the Toronto Raptors. In addition to the four players that sat out in Boston's win over Toronto, Terry Rozier missed the game with an ankle injury; rookie Kadeem Allen made his first-ever start in Rozier's place.

"And hopefully, I'll be in position where I'm able to go on Thursday (against visiting Washington) as well, so we'll take it day by day". Wright finished with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists off the Toronto bench.

He totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win over the Raptors while making four of six from beyond the arc, but totaled ten and nine while shooting two for eight in the first meeting. "They did take over the game that quarter and it seemed like they were so physical the refs gave them the benefit of the doubt with the whistle which is expected but they played well". That allowed us to do that.

The Pistons had their five-game winning streak snapped, and their defeat clinched a postseason spot for the Milwaukee Bucks.