Frye's Treys captivate Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunking in the second half of their 121-117 win over the Toronto Raptors. The star praised team-mate Channing Frye for his great play both in offence and defence.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunking in the second half of their 121-117 win over the Toronto Raptors. The star praised team-mate Channing Frye for his great play both in offence and defence.PHOTO: REUTERS

NBA champs beat Toronto for second time and their form seems better than last season

CLEVELAND (Ohio) • Channing Frye's three-pointer in the final minute lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 121-117 National Basketball Association (NBA) win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in a tight contest between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers beat their play-off rivals for the second time this season and the defending NBA champions appear to be an even stronger team than they were last season.

"We are a composed team. We have seen everything. It is not a situation we haven't been in before. The coach drew up a great play and we just tried to execute it to perfection," Cavaliers star LeBron James said.

Frye has made 11 three-pointers in his last two games and Cleveland took a lead against the Raptors in the season series, something that could become important when home-court advantage is at stake.

"He's been great. He's just a difficult match-up," James said of Frye.

"We have a great line-up, and his ability to spread the floor and shoot the ball like he's been able to do and also guard bigs and help out on the glass has been a great thing for our team."

The two teams met in the conference finals last season.

James fell one rebound shy of a triple-double with 28 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in front of a crowd of 20,500 at Quicken Loans Arena. He had six assists in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Love scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored 24 points. Frye came off the bench to finish with 21 points.

The Cavaliers (9-1) netted 13 three-pointers in the game, meaning they have made at least 10 in each of their first 10 games, an NBA record. The previous mark was made by the Houston Rockets, who had eight in 2014-15.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each scored 26 points for Toronto, who suffered their first road loss of the season.

In Miami, Dennis Schroder led a balanced offence with 18 points as the Atlanta Hawks won their fifth game in a row, defeating the struggling Miami Heat 93-90.

In Portland, Jimmy Butler scored 27 points as the Chicago Bulls went wire to wire for a 113-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Centre.

He also had a season-high 12 rebounds and five assists for Chicago, who won their third consecutive game.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2016, with the headline 'Frye's Treys captivate Cavs'. Print Edition | Subscribe