TORONTO (AP) - Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points and Linas Kleiza added 19 to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 101-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in a matchup of teams spurned by stars over the summer.
Antawn Jamison scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who were without Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao. Williams has an injured groin and Varejao was with his ill father.
DeMar DeRozan added 14 points while Sonny Weems and Leandro Barbosa chipped in 13 each for the Raptors (1-1), who got their first win since Chris Bosh left to join former Cleveland superstar LeBron James with the Miami Heat.
Anthony Parker added 10 points for the Cavaliers, including a 3-pointer to end the first half with Cleveland down 46-38.
Toronto closed the third period on a 17-5 run capped by DeRozan's reverse layup that made it 77-55.
Friday morning, Bosh went on a Toronto radio station to clarify comments he made earlier in the week, explaining he meant he wanted the best chance to win titles when he said that the decision to join Miami was ``all about being on TV at the end of the day.'
Notes: The Raptors' Jarret Jack turned 27 on Thursday and coach Jay Triano said the team's rookies sang ``Happy Birthday' to Jack in the morning. ``We had to teach it to them,' Triano added. The players had a party at a nightclub planned for him after the game. ... Bargnani's three-pointer early in the second quarter gave him sole possession of third place on the Raptors' career list. He and Doug Christie had been tied at 431. Morris Peterson is the team leader with 801, followed by Vince Carter's 554. ... Parker and fellow former Raptor Jamario Moon were given nice ovations during pre-game introductions.
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