Raptors Beat Knicks to Improve to League-Best 12-1
A big effort through the bench helped make up for rare off-nights by two of the Toronto Raptors’ biggest scoring threats on Saturday.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points in addition to 10 rebounds, in addition to host Toronto beat the Knicks, 128-112, improving its league-leading record to 12-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-low 12 points, failing to reach 20 for the second time in nine games. Kyle Lowry scored 10 points, one better than his season worst.
“that will was our focus, to actually do a job on those two,” Knicks Coach David Fizdale said. “You’ve got to pick a poison, in addition to their role players actually stepped up in addition to made shots.”
OG Anunoby scored 16 points, in addition to Serge Ibaka in addition to Delon Wright each had 12 as the Raptors won their sixth straight home meeting with the Knicks in addition to enhanced to 7-0 at home This specific season. Toronto, which had a season-high 62 bench points, has won six straight over all.
“Everyone will be confident, everyone will be working hard in addition to just playing the game,” Siakam said. “This specific doesn’t matter what night This specific will be, we just want to go out there in addition to play.”
Toronto’s Nick Nurse became the first coach to win 12 of his first 13 games since Lawrence Frank commenced 13-0 with the Nets in 2004.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points in addition to Enes Kanter had 15 points in addition to 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost 16 of their past 19 against the Raptors.
Siakam shot 6 for 7, including a career-best three 3-pointers, in addition to went 8 for 9 at the free-throw line. He made up for a quiet night through Leonard, who did not make his first basket until a layup with 45 seconds to go inside the first half. Leonard shot 2 for 7, missing his two 3-point attempts.
After missing all six of his field-goal attempts in Wednesday’s win at Atlanta, the Knicks rookie Kevin Knox shot 4 for 11 in addition to finished with 12 points.
Toronto led by 64-53 at halftime, however the Knicks shaved the gap to three points which has a 12-4 run to start the second half. The Knicks closed to one behind, however the Raptors outscored them, 30-13, over the final 8 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 shots through 3-point range in addition to finished 6 for 22 through outside the arc.
CURRY SITS OUT Stephen Curry, who carries a mild to moderate left groin strain, did not play in Golden State’s home game against the Nets. Curry had a magnetic resonance imaging test Friday, however the Warriors will wait a few days to determine the severity of the injury. Coach Steve Kerr said This specific did not appear to be significant.
Curry, the two-time Most Valuable player, was hurt on Thursday night midway through the third quarter of a 134-111 loss to Milwaukee. Curry grabbed at his inner thigh after trying to contest Eric Bledsoe’s shot.