spectacular 360 layup Sunday night, he could
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TORONTO - When DeMar DeRozan scored on a spectacular 360 layup Sunday night, he couldnt help but smile to himself.The highlight-reel basket was the punctuation mark on a night that saw the Toronto Raptors run roughshod over the Philadelphia 76ers with a 120-88 victory, improving their Eastern Conference-leading record to 6-1.The Raptors are alone atop the East for the first time in franchise history, and the jovial mood was evident in the post-game locker-room.Just stay under control, DeMar said, when asked what he was thinking going into the spin move. As long as I got a look at the basket, I felt like I could . . . Hes lying, he was lucky, interjected Kyle Lowry, seated one locker over.You try it, DeRozan said.It was luck, dog, Lowry answered.It was skill. I practised it, DeRozan said.DeRozan poured in 24 points on a veritable smorgasbord of shots, while Terrence Ross added 17, and Lou Williams finished with 16. Lowry had 14 points, while Greivis Vasquez chipped in with 13, and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 in Game 2 of Torontos seven-game homestand.Lowry later said DeRozans spin move was pretty good. Thats what he does. Thats why hes an all-star.The Raptors had talked before the game about getting a lead, and then keeping our foot on peoples necks. . . not give them any hope, DeRozan said.Mission accomplished. As coach Dwane Casey put it, the NBA is a no-mercy league.If you go in and disrespect them and dont come in with a professional approach, theyre very capable, like any other team in this league, of beating you, Casey said. I respect them, I dont feel sorry for them. I dont feel sorry for teams in this league because they dont feel sorry for us.Tony Wroten had 18 points to lead the woeful Sixers (0-7), the NBAs worst team. Chris Johnson finished with 16.The Raptors, who began the night a half game ahead of Washington and Chicago for first in the East, got off to a strong start, taking a 19-point lead in the opening quarter and never took their foot off the gas.Toronto led 88-63 with one quarter to play in what wasnt the most entertaining of games in front of an ACC crowd of 18,470 that included a bespectacled Drake.Ross, in his second strong game, drained a three with five minutes to play to give the Raptors a 113-72 lead. The second unit played the final five minutes of mop-up time, but showed no mercy. And when James Johnson threw down a massive dunk with 2:32 to play, it put Toronto up by 41 and brought the fans, the players on the Raptors bench, and Drake, to their feet.The fans ushered the team off the court with a standing ovation.You have to tip your hat off to Toronto, they are one of the best teams in the East right now, said Wroten.Actually, the best. What does that mean to the Raptors?Nothing, Lowry said. At the end of the day this could turn around in a heartbeat. Were just going out there every day and trying to compete and get better. Toronto is a perfect 5-0 at home, and has the luxury of playing five more in a row at the Air Canada Centre.Philly, which is heading in the opposite direction of Toronto, has now lost 70 of their last 86 regular-season games.As for their spot atop the East, Casey said he wasnt giving it a lot of thought. Its great for the fans. Its great for the players to see that, but its not the most important thing right now, Casey said. Our most important thing is developing a consistent personality.The coach praised DeRozans growth this season.He took what the defence gave him. If they gave him a drive, he took it, he didnt force things, he kicked it out and found shooters and his spacing was good, Casey said. Hes becoming a very efficient, smart, under control veteran-type player that you need to have in that position who can score but also takes what the game gives him.DeRozan led the way with nine points in a sloppy first quarter for both teams. The Raptors shot 69 per cent in the frame and took a 33-20 lead into the second.Valanciunas went to the rim untouched to stretch Torontos lead to 47-28 with seven minutes to go in the half. The Raptors went into the dressing room at halftime up 60-45.DeRozans beautiful spin move in the third quarter put Toronto up by 23 points, then he scored on a putback layup with 4:28 remaining in the frame to give the Raptors a 27-point advantage. Williams drained a long two at the buzzer to send Toronto into the fourth quarter up by 25.The Raptors host Orlando on Tuesday then Chicago on Thursday.NOTES: The last time the Raptors were tied or alone atop the East was Nov. 12, 2004. They were tied with four other teams at 4-2. . . 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Other than Jose Abreus major league-leading 12th homer, a solo drive in the first inning, the ALs highest-scoring team couldnt manufacture any runs. Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including a team-record seven straight. He allowed three hits and two walks, leaving with a 3-1 lead after 110 pitches. "Its good for the guys to just stay with it," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "Even though it looks bleak, you can still make a little bit of a comeback." Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth, but struck out Abreu. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered on a 2-2 pitch. "I was looking for a pitch I could make good contact with," Viciedo said. "He made a mistake, and I made him pay for it." Axford gave up the homer on a 96 mph four-seamer. "I fell behind in the count to too many guys, and it didnt work out," he said. "I put two guys on base without me even challenging. I just couldnt find it. The home run was on a fastball. Not a very good pitch, obviously." Indians manager Terry Francona, citing pitch count and the narrow lead, didnt second guess himself for pulling Kluber. "If anyone got on base, he was going to come out of the game, and I didnt think that was fair to him," Francona said. Kluber had no problem with Franconas strategy. "Thats not my decision. I trust Titos judgment," he said. Axford has blown two saves in 11 chances, both against the White Sox. He gave up a walkoff homer to Alexei Ramirez in the ninth inning on April 13 at Chicago. Daniel Webb (2-0) pitched the eighth, and Matt Lindstrom threw a one-hit ninth for his fourth save in seven chances. George Kottaras, the Indians backup catcher, became the first player to homer in his first two plate appearances for Cleveland.dddddddddddd Andre Rienzo allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Klubers streak began when he struck out Gordon Beckham and Abreu for the final two outs of the third. He fanned Dunn, Viciedo and Ramirez in the fourth, and Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers struck out beginning the fifth. Leury Garcia broke the streak by walking on a 3-2 pitch, and Kluber struck out Alejandro De Aza. Kluber fell two strikeouts short of the AL record set by Doug Fister for Detroit against Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2012. Tom Seaver holds the major league record of 10 for the New York Mets against San Diego on April 22, 1970. Clevelands previous mark was six by Bob Feller, Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot. Four of Abreus five hits against the Indians this season have been homers. The White Sox broke an eight-game losing streak at Progressive Field, where they had gone 6-20 since 2013. "It hasnt been good to us here so to be able to come back and take one like this is pretty nice," Ventura said. The White Sox returned to Chicago to start a four-game, home-and-home stretch against the Cubs on Monday at Wrigley Field. "It was a much-needed win, obviously," Lindstrom said. "Now we can go home and start to put together a pretty good series against the Cubs. Kottaras, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when Yan Gomes was placed on the paternity list, hit solo homers in the third and fourth. Kottaras had been 2 for 25 (.080) in the minors. Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI single for Cleveland in the third. Indians centre fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn missed the game because of tightness in his left hamstring. NOTES: Indians DH Jason Giambi (cramp in right calf) didnt play. ... The White Sox added OF Moises Sierra, claimed off waivers from Toronto, to the 25-man roster. LHP Frank De Los Santos was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. ... The Indians optioned LHP Nick Hagadone to Columbus. ... Chicago 3B Conor Gillaspie (bruised left hand) homered on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte and could return this week. 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