National Basketball Association wrap: LeBron James rips own team as Raptors thrashes Cavs

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Five Keys Cavaliers at Raptors Ron Turenne NBAE Getty Images

Or call it an example of an athlete being honest and self-aware.

LEBRON James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers have suffered their most-lopsided loss of the National Basketball Association season in a 133-99 thrashing by the Toronto Raptors.

"This is just us during the regular season", James said hours before the Cavs' 133-99 loss to the Raptors.

Cameroon's Joel Embiid added 16 points and Aussie Ben Simmons chipped in 15 for Philadelphia and for a time it looked as if the eighth regular-season National Basketball Association game to be played in London could see the 76ers on the right side of the kind of blowout that fans there saw previous year, when the Denver Nuggets trounced the Indiana Pacers 140-112. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times".

The Cavaliers have played nine of their past 11 games on the road, losing seven with four of them by more than 10 points.

James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating Monday and was minus-22 Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half of the 133-99 defeat to cap the season's midpoint.

James scored 13 points in the first half, the only Cavalier in double figures.

VanVleet made six of eight 3-point attempts as the Raptors connected on a season-high 18 shots from beyond the arc. We have great months, we have not so good months, we have times when we're not playing well, we've got times when we are playing well. Boston star Irving, who parted ways with James and the Cavaliers in controversial circumstances last season, liked a post of the footage on Instagram.

Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter. He added three assists, two rebounds and one block in 25 minutes.

LeBron James isn't enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench. The Raptors were missing two of their big three in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, and rather than that result in an easy night for Cleveland, all it did was set the stage for guys such as Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam to make an impact.

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