There was also a dip in the visitors' form, with LeBron James and company coming into the night 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Critics will claim the game was meaningless and that Cleveland's effort wanes from night-to-night.
"We've got to be better, we know that", he said.
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. So it never stops. "And if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of those agendas and play the right way".
Miles shooting the ball well and turning in what might have been his most complete peformance as a Raptor so far was a good sign, as was Norman Powell looking a little bit looser.
Asked about the team's defense by a reporter, LeBron James snapped saying the reporter didn't look like he could play defense, either.
They are only the two teams in the National Basketball Association ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
Despite all of this DeMar DeRozan managed only 13 points but he led all players with eights assists.
This is not an insignificant achievement.
"I've got a 10-year-old boy [Bryce], 3-year-old girl [Zhuri]".
He is one of the highest leapers and most explosive dunkers in the league, a reputation that preceded him before he'd played his first pro game.
However, just because the Cavaliers shook off the cobwebs previous year and coasted their way to an Eastern Conference title doesn't mean it's going to be as easy this time around.More news: Ex-NHL and Former Canuck Derek Roy makes the Canada OImypic team
Sounding quite honest as they say it, the Raptors feel like they still have room to improve.
IN got a nice offensive boost from its bench to start the next frame, particularly veteran big man Al Jefferson.
"We are in a funk", he added. I mean, just- let's just talk about some other teams in the East first.
Since James came back to Northeast Ohio, the Cavs have always had an up and down January, but now is not the ideal time to go through these struggles as their Eastern Conference rivals continue to pick up wins.
But the Raptors don't have revenge on their minds for Saturday even though the possibility seems decent enough.
The Raptors improved to a 15-2 at home despite playing Thursday without starters Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. That would distract them from the process of gradual improvement.
"Completely different, completely different dynamic of the game", said DeRozan on Friday when comparing the Cavaliers and Warriors. "For us we just remember what we did wrong and how to correct it the next go-around".
It's an outlook that has permeated the group.
I'm not sure that's what I saw in this one, though. "[But] if you bring the same intensity and approach to what you do, that will give you a chance in most games". Luckily for the Raptors, the bench unit provided just that. I just want to win.
More importantly than their ability to shoulder the load though is that DeRozan last night demonstrated the trust in his teammates to do so, and he ran that perfectly last night, passing out of double teams and trusting his teammates to get it done.