A large effort from the bench helped make up for uncommon off-nights via two of the Toronto Raptors’ greatest scoring threats on Saturday.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 issues, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 issues 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 issues, failing to succeed in 20 for the second one time in 9 video games. Kyle Lowry scored 10 issues, one higher than his season worst.
“That was once our center of attention, to actually do a role on the ones two,” Knicks Trainer David Fizdale mentioned. “You’ve were given to select a poison, and their function avid gamers actually stepped up and made photographs.”
OG Anunoby scored 16 issues, and Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright each and every had 12 because the Raptors received their 6th immediately house assembly with the Knicks and advanced to 7-Zero at house this season. Toronto, which had a season-high 62 bench issues, has received six immediately over all.
“Everyone seems to be assured, everybody is operating onerous and simply enjoying the sport,” Siakam mentioned. “It doesn’t topic what evening it’s, we simply need to pass available in the market and play.”
Toronto’s Nick Nurse turned into the primary trainer 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 issues and Enes Kanter had 15 issues and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who’ve misplaced 16 in their previous 19 in opposition to the Raptors.
Siakam shot 6 for 7, together with a career-best 3 Three-pointers, and went eight for nine 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 head within the first part. Leonard shot 2 for 7, lacking his two Three-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 issues.
Toronto led via 64-53 at halftime, however the Knicks shaved the distance to a few issues with a 12-Four run to start out the second one part. The Knicks closed to 1 at the back of, however the Raptors outscored them, 30-13, over the general eight mins 51 seconds of the 3rd to take a 100-82 lead.
The Knicks, who host Orlando on Sunday, overlooked 10 in their first 11 photographs from Three-point vary and completed 6 for 22 from out of doors the arc.
CURRY SITS OUT Stephen Curry, who has a gentle to reasonable left groin pressure, didn’t play in Golden State’s house sport 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 decide the severity of the damage. Trainer Steve Kerr mentioned it didn’t seem to be important.
Curry, the two-time Maximum Precious participant, was once harm on Thursday evening halfway throughout the 3rd quarter of a 134-111 loss to Milwaukee. Curry grabbed at his internal thigh after seeking to contest Eric Bledsoe’s shot.