Raps backcourt drops 61 in a wild win over the Kings
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Final Score, Toronto Raptors 118 - Sacramento Kings 113
Sacramento, CA - The Toronto Raptors made it three in a row with a 118-113 win over the Sacramento Kings. Marc Gasol made his return after missing 15 games. He came off the bench and played 16 minutes with 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Sacramento bench came to play with 51 points to just 7 by Torontos. Kyle Lowry was fantastic with 30 points on an outstanding 10 of 15 shooting. That went with his 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Norman Powell led the game with 31 points continuing his hot streak.
The Kings got the first basket but the Raptors responded with a seven to nothing run. Five of which were on the fast break, following some sloppy offence by Sacramento.
De’Aaron Fox got an early technical foul. He took offence to a foul that was called when he tried to steal the ball from Lowry.
The Raptors doubled them up 18-9. Serge Ibaka was dominating in the starting role with ten points on four of five shooting.
The Kings fought all the way back to tie it at 22 at the end of the first. Toronto was shooting just 36 percent and went over three minutes without a point to end the quarter.
The Kings started the second with another run, 24-10 dating back to the first gave them a 33-28 lead. Buddy Hield was leading the way off the bench with 11 points for Sacramento. He was three of four from deep. One less than the Raptors who were struggling making just four of their 18 three point attempts.
The Raptors were trailing but they were doing a great job containing Fox. They were trapping him in the middle and forced three turnovers.
After trailing by as many as eight in the second, Toronto came back to take a 51-50 lead at the half. Powell and Lowry led the comeback with 14 from Powell and 11 from Lowry.
A close third but the Raptors extended their lead out to 78-74. That included another bad end to the quarter with a ten to nothing run going into the fourth. Powell with seven in the quarter had him leading the game with 21. Both teams were shooting 43 percent but Toronto was up to 36 percent from deep.
The start of the fourth the Kings run continued. 6-1 to start the final frame gave them a one point lead. Fox started to find his offence with 14 points.
Lowry checked back in and took over. A nice screen by Ibaka got him an open three. Then back-to-back hard drives to the rim put the Raptors up 86-82.
With five minutes left, Bogdan Bogdanovic made a tough runner to tie the game at 94. His second make after starting the game one for six.
Pascal Siakam made his toughest shot of the night. With the clock down a nice step back from deep to take a 105-103 lead. Then after Ibaka made a few free throws, Siakam got the screen from Lowry and went all the way to the bucket to make it 109-105. Fox answered with a three making it a one point game with under a minute remaining.
Siakam made two free throws but again Fox responded. This time with an offensive rebound putback plus the foul. He made his free throw to tie the game with 34 seconds left.
Lowry again with the nice high screen getting Siakam all the way to the rim for two in just seven seconds, taking a 113-111 lead.
Fox missed a long two after great defence by OG Anunoby. Siakam made two free throws. The Kings went right at the Raptors on the fast break. Richaun Holmes made a layup and drew a foul from Ibaka. Luckily for T.O. he missed the free throw.
At the other end Anunoby missed one as well, just a three point Raptors lead with 13.7 seconds left.
Nemanja Bjelica took a wild off centre deep three. He airballed it, all but ending the game. Powell made two free throws to seal a 118-113 victory. Lowry had 14 points in the fourth and finished with 30 points, all while playing with five fouls. Siakam with 11 in the fourth for 23 in the game. Raps have winning road trips of five plus games for the first time in franchise history.
Next Up, Close out their five game road trip in Utah. The Jazz have won five straight and are fourth in the highly contested Western Conference.