Raptors Are Again Unbeatable at Home and Against the Nets
The Nets wanted yet another victory to compare their ideally suited stretch in 4 years. Instead, they stumbled in Toronto — once more.
Kawhi Leonard had 20 issues and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 issues and the Raptors beat the Nets, 122-105, on Friday night time for his or her 2d seven-game house profitable streak of the season.
“I rarely say this about our team, but I didn’t love the effort tonight,” Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson stated.
The Nets entered with 13 wins in 17 video games, a run that started with a 106-105 extra time victory over Toronto on Dec. 7. The Nets closing gained 14 of 18 in the 2013-14 season.
Toronto has gained 13 of the previous 14 conferences with the Nets, together with seven instantly north of the border. The Nets have no longer gained in Toronto since Feb. Four, 2015.
“We’ve made strides, but we have a long way to go,” Atkinson stated. “This is a little bit of a humble pie, going up against an elite team like this.”
Serge Ibaka added 14 issues, O G Anunoby and Norman Powell each and every had 13, Delon Wright had 12 to lend a hand Toronto toughen to 18-Four at house. They closing misplaced at house Dec. nine to Milwaukee.
The Raptors have gained 4 instantly over all and six of 7. The best loss in that reach was once Jan. Three at San Antonio. Leonard reached 20 issues for the 18th consecutive recreation, extending his career-best streak.
Toronto set a season prime with 105 pictures and had 32 assists on 48 baskets. The Raptors are Eight-Zero when they have got 30 or extra assists.
“It’s what we’re looking for, a total team effort,” stated guard Fred VanVleet, certainly one of 5 Toronto reserves to attain at least 10 issues. The Raptors completed with 60 bench issues, two shy of a season prime.
D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 24 issues. Shabazz Napier added 15 issues, and Jarrett Allen had 12 rebounds.
Russell scored 12 issues in the first and the Nets closed the quarter with a 14-Three run to take a 35-28 lead. It was once the Nets’ highest-scoring first quarter on the highway this season.
Toronto grew to become the tables in the 2d, overcoming a 1-point deficit by means of outscoring the Nets by means of 15-Three over the ultimate 2 mins 55 seconds. The Raptors outscored the Nets, 36-18, in the 2d and led by means of 64-53 at halftime.
Siakam scored nine issues and Ibaka had Eight as the Raptors pulled away in the 3rd, connecting on 16 of 32 pictures. Toronto took a 99-75 lead into the fourth.
PACERS 121, KNICKS 106 Domantas Sabonis had 22 issues and 15 rebounds to cap his scorching season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced again from its worst efficiency of the season by means of beating the Knicks.
Sabonis shot nine for 14 from the box to complete 21 of 26 this season in two video games at the Garden. He made all 12 pictures and tied his profession prime with 30 issues when the Pacers gained right here on Halloween.
Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six gamers in double figures as Indiana shot 52 %.
Victor Oladipo added 19 issues for the Pacers, who yielding season highs of 135 issues and 56.Eight % capturing of their 27-point loss in Boston on Wednesday.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 issues for the Knicks, again from a six-game commute and taking part in their first recreation at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They misplaced their 7th instantly at house.