An enormous effort from the bench helped make up for uncommon off-nights by two of the Toronto Raptors’ greatest scoring threats on Saturday.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 factors, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 factors and 10 rebounds, and host Toronto beat the Knicks, 128-112, bettering its league-leading report to 12-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-low 12 factors, failing to succeed in 20 for the second time in 9 video games. Kyle Lowry scored 10 factors, one higher than his season worst.
“That was our focus, to actually do a job on these two,” Knicks Coach David Fizdale stated. “You’ve obtained to choose a poison, and their function gamers actually stepped up and made photographs.”
OG Anunoby scored 16 factors, and Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright every had 12 because the Raptors received their sixth straight dwelling assembly with the Knicks and improved to 7-Zero at dwelling this season. Toronto, which had a season-high 62 bench factors, has received six straight over all.
“Everyone seems to be assured, everyone seems to be working arduous and simply enjoying the sport,” Siakam stated. “It doesn’t matter what evening it’s, we simply wish to go on the market and play.”
Toronto’s Nick Nurse grew to become the primary coach to win 12 of his first 13 video games since Lawrence Frank began 13-Zero with the Nets in 2004.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 factors and Enes Kanter had 15 factors and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who’ve misplaced 16 of their previous 19 in opposition to the Raptors.
Siakam shot 6 for 7, together with a career-best three 3-pointers, and went eight for 9 on the free-throw line. He made up for a quiet evening from Leonard, who didn’t make his first basket till a layup with 45 seconds to go within the first half. Leonard shot 2 for 7, lacking his two 3-point makes an attempt.
After lacking all six of his field-goal makes an attempt in Wednesday’s win at Atlanta, the Knicks rookie Kevin Knox shot Four for 11 and completed with 12 factors.
Toronto led by 64-53 at halftime, however the Knicks shaved the hole to 3 factors with a 12-Four run to start out the second half. The Knicks closed to at least one behind, however the Raptors outscored them, 30-13, over the ultimate eight minutes 51 seconds of the third to take a 100-82 lead.
The Knicks, who host Orlando on Sunday, missed 10 of their first 11 photographs from 3-point vary and completed 6 for 22 from exterior the arc.
CURRY SITS OUT Stephen Curry, who has a light to average left groin pressure, didn’t play in Golden State’s dwelling recreation in opposition to the Nets. Curry had a magnetic resonance imaging take a look at Friday, however the Warriors will wait a couple of days to find out the severity of the damage. Coach Steve Kerr stated it didn’t seem like vital.
Curry, the two-time Most Priceless participant, was harm on Thursday evening halfway by means of the third quarter of a 134-111 loss to Milwaukee. Curry grabbed at his interior thigh after making an attempt to contest Eric Bledsoe’s shot.