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Published: Friday, 10/26/2007

LeBron gets 17, but Raptors crush Cavs

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TORONTO - Carlos Delfino had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Toronto to a 111-78 preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday.

Chris Bosh scored 12 points in his first appearance in four games, while Jason Kapono also finished with 12 points. Jose Calderon and Kris Humphries each scored 11 as Toronto improved to 4-2 in the preseason.

LeBron James had 17 points and nine assists to lead Cleveland (1-5), while Damon Jones scored 16 points and Larry Hughes finished with 14.

The Raptors took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

A basket by Raptors rookie Jamario Moon with 3:17 remaining put the Raptors up 105-74.

Bosh hadn't played since Oct. 7 because of what the team called a "tweaked knee." The all-star forward, his left knee wrapped in a thick brace, didn't take long to make his presence felt at the Air Canada Centre, stealing the ball from Hughes and driving hard to the basket to draw a foul less than three minutes into the game. A couple of minutes later, he left his feet for a big block on Hughes.

Bosh added three rebounds in his 14 minutes on the floor.

The Raptors have just one preseason game remaining and have until Monday to declare their 15-man roster. With 16 players still in camp, either Juan Dixon or Luke Jackson could be the odd man out. Dixon had five points and four rebounds in 19 minutes yesterday. Jackson didn't get in until the final 5 1/2 minutes, finishing with one point.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand yesterday and is expected to be out for about six weeks.

The rookie from Eastern Washington injured his hand in Detroit's final exhibition game Wednesday night. He averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in eight games.

Stuckey was expected to start the season next week at Miami playing a key role, primarily backing up point guard Chauncey Billups.

"This is where having Lindsey Hunter comes into play," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said.

Hunter, who made his NBA debut with the Pistons in 1993, was expected to be a seldom-used reserve this season.

Stuckey was injured on a harmless-looking play in the third quarter of Detroit's 104-85 win over the Washington Wizards. He was fighting through a screen and got his fingers caught in a jersey.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed," he said. "I've never broken anything before, and now I'm going to have to sit out."



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