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TORONTO -- Dwane Casey saw it as a sign of maturity on the part of his young team. Dennis Rodman Jersey . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. "Thats another step in our growth," Casey said after Friday nights win at Air Canada Centre. "Last year at this time, if wed have missed shots like that wed have caved in. "But we kept grinding it, grinding it, grinding it and thats what you have to do when the shots arent falling." The Raptors (30-25) shot a woeful 32.7 per cent from the field in the first half and trailed 44-39. But, with second-year centre Jonas Valanciunas leading the way, Toronto shot an impressive 16-for 23, or 69.5 per cent, in the third quarter on the way to winning their fourth game in five starts. "We said we need to pick it up, we need to come out with energy," Valanciunas, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, said of the talk in the locker room at halftime. "Thats what it was all about. "We shot really bad the first half but we did a better job the second half and thats what matters." Valanciunas scored 10 of his 14 second-half points in the third quarter, including five in a row during a 4:07 stretch that saw the Raptors turn a one-point deficit into a 10-point lead. Second-year guard Terrence Ross had a team-high 20 points as the Raptors snapped the Cavaliers (22-34) six-game winning streak and widened their lead to 3-1/2 games over the idle Brooklyn Nets atop the NBAs Atlantic Division. With the win, the Raptors equalled the third-fastest time theyve reached the 30-win mark in team history, just one game off the best mark of 54 games in both the 2009-10 and 2007-08 seasons. The Raptors, who have missed the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, didnt win their 30th game until their 78th outing last year. Although Ross led the Raptors in scoring, it was his defensive play against Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, who was named MVP of last weekends NBA All-Star Game, that drew rave reviews from his teammates. "Defensively, hes always been impressive, and hes getting better," Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said after Irving was held to 3-for-16 shooting on his way to 17 points. "I told him that on the bench tonight." Lowry had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 14 points and five assists. Clevelands Luol Deng led all scorers with 21 points and added 11 rebounds while Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., added 13 points and nine assists and Anthony Bennett, also from Brampton, who last spring became the first Canadian to ever go first overall in the NBA draft, had nine points in his first game here. "We just had to pick up our defensive intensity," Ross said of the message delivered at halftime. "The biggest thing, we were coming out, playing too lackadaisical and we had to pick that up." Toronto outscored Cleveland 37-21 in the third quarter to take control. Valanciunas made a layup with 7:22 to go in the quarter to put the Raptors up for good at 53-52. After Valanciunas and Amir Johnson combined for just four points in the first half, Casey said he gave the big men "a wake-up call" going into the second half and they responded at both ends of the court. "We reminded them theres more to the game than the offensive end," Casey said. "You can get rebounds. You can get back in transition. You can challenge shots and you can go vertical. "You can do a lot of different things other than make shots and I thought the second half (they) worked at it and got it done." John Paxson Jersey . Goldeyes third baseman Ryan Pineda drove in three runs and the pitching staff didnt allow an earned run, as Winnipeg downed Kansas City 6-3 in American Association exhibition action at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas. Lauri Markkanen Jersey . As for regular Olympic spectators, theyre being warned that most travel insurance policies wont cover acts of terrorism or war. The Games in southern Russia, which run from Feb. 7-23, are being staged amid unprecedented security and under global warnings of danger. http://www.authenticbullsauthority.com/scottie-pippen-bulls-jersey-c-12/ . Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year. Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.Hull went four points clear of Warrington in the Super League standings after a 19-12 win over the Wolves on Friday night. It was an immensely scrappy game that failed to deliver on the skill level that was promised by the top two teams in the league, but definitely brought the expected excitement.First-half tries from Fetuli Talanoa and Mark Minichiello put Hull 12-10 up at half-time after Gene Ormsby and Chris Sandow scored for the home side. Kurt Gidley then levelled things with a penalty on the hour mark, before a Gareth Ellis try and Marc Sneyd drop goal sealed the win for Lee Radfords men. Highlights of the top of the table clash between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC in the Super League. The win keeps Hull at the top of the Super League standings, two points ahead of second-place Wigan who beat Hull KR 20-18 on Friday, and four points ahead of Fridays opponents who have now drop to third.The first half offered up more than its fair share of handling errors. Hull contributed the most, and one such handling error brought about the opening try.Sandow kicked ahead and chased well to put pressure on Jamie Shaul who tried to run the ball out. Sandow tackled Shaul and the ball spilled out in the tackle for Ormsby to dive on top of it for the first score of the night.Despite the troubled start Hull then moved the ball up the field and worked the ball left in the 14th minute to Talanoa, who saw the space and darted for the tryline in the corner. From out wide Sneyd converted for a 6-4 lead to the visitors. Daryl Clark knocked on with the tryline begging Benjamin Jullien then charged down a kick from Sneyd and collected the ball before tearing up the field. Bobby Portis Jersey. Jullien drew the last of the defence and passed to Sandow in support, with Sandow running in the try in the corner. Gidley added the extras from the touchline.Hull had the final say of the half, when from a goal line drop out the ball was passed to Mark Minichiello down the left, and Minichiello pinned his ears for the corner before stepping inside Ratchford for his sides second try. The conversion from Sneyd made it 12-10 to Hull at the break. Warrington Wolves Gene Ormsby celebrates scoring the games first try Neither side was able to register any points in the third period as the handling worsened in the 20 minutes that followed after the resumption, and when Gareth Ellis stripped the ball in a tackle in his own half at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Gidley called for the kicking tee. Gidley slotted the effort to bring his side level.Hull then worked the ball up from the scrum with ten minutes remaining before Sneyd held the defence up well to pop to Ellis who ran a good line. 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