NBA Standings: Toronto Raptors Lose Again, Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Timberwolves to Increase Lead Over Celtics

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 02/15/17 02:29PM EST
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The Toronto Raptors made a big move on Tuesday when they acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. However, the Raptors continued their struggles against the Chicago Bulls, as they drop down to the fifth spot in the NBA standings in the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers added to their lead in the NBA standings in the East over the Boston Celtics. The defending champions pulled away late to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Raptors lose to Bulls, drop down to 5th

The Raptors traded Terrence Ross and 2017 first-round pick to the Magic in exchange for Ibaka, per NBA.com. Ibaka is a perfect fit in Toronto and he will surely help the team combat their current struggles. It's too bad that he was not available on Tuesday night against the Bulls.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 19 points, two rebounds, 12 assists and four steals in the 105-94 win. Kyle Lowry had 22 points, three rebounds and four assists for the Raptors. However, it was not enough as Toronto dropped down to the fifth spot in the East.

DeMar DeRozan had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists but he only shot 26.3 percent from the field. The Raptors were the second-best team in the East to start the year but the Celtics, Wizards and Hawks have overtaken in the NBA standings.

Cavaliers beat Timberwolves, move 2.5 games ahead of Celtics

The Cavaliers received bad news on Tuesday morning when Kevin Love was ruled out for six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. However, it did not prevent the defending champions from defeating the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

LeBron James had 25 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists to help the Cavs beat Love's former team, 116-108. Kyrie Irving added 25 points and seven assists, while Tristan Thompson put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Channing Frye, who started in place of Love, had 21 points and ten rebounds. Andrew Wiggins exploded for 41 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points for the Timberwolves.



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