Raptors defeat Jazz for fourth straight win but lose Powell to injury
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, March 9, 2020
TORONTO RAPTORS 101 - UTAH JAZZ 92 FINAL
Salt Lake City, UT – In the second night of a back-to-back, the Raptors had a tough challenge against a Jazz team that had won five straight games. Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka led the way for Toronto, who defeated Utah 101-92 in Salt Lake City on Monday night.
Both Siakam and Ibaka finished with 27 points in the win. Ibaka had 13 rebounds and two assists, while Siakam had 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. The win also marked Toronto’s fourth straight victory.
Joe Ingles led Utah with 20 points along with six assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
Norman Powell, who was named the Eastern Conference player of the week earlier in the day, left the game early following a collision with teammate OG Anunoby and did not return. The team announced that Powell left due to a left ankle sprain.
Powell’s play had been excellent as of late, as he averaged 31.3 points per game in three Toronto wins in the week prior.
After colliding with Powell moments earlier, Anunoby left the game after rolling his ankle but did return.
The Raptors led by five after the opening quarter, with the score 27-22. But perhaps a bigger story was Toronto’s ability in the quarter to fight through adversity and maintain the lead despite the injuries.
The Jazz had a strong start to the second quarter, as they outscored the Raptors 14-1 to begin the frame and held a 36-28 lead. Later in the quarter, with the Jazz up 43-37, the Raptors went to work. An Anunoby slam dunk capped off a 13-4 run that put them back in the lead at 50-47.
Toronto ended the half on a 20-8 run and led 57-51. Ibaka led the Raps with 17 points along with seven rebounds through two quarters, followed by Siakam who had 14 points and Kyle Lowry with 13.
Lowry finished the game with 21 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
The third quarter was close once again, with both teams scoring 19 points in the frame. The Raps led 76-70 with 12 minutes left to play in the final game of their road trip.
Toronto opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run that was finished by an Anunoby bucket off a Jazz turnover. It resulted in a timeout by Jazz head coach Quin Snyder with 10:21 to play in the game.
The Jazz responded with consecutive three-pointers, which in turn made Raptors head coach Nick Nurse use one of his timeouts with nine minutes to play.
Utah scored seven straight points to tie the game at 85-85 with 6:25 remaining.
After the Jazz took the lead, the Raptors took it right back at 88-87 with an Anunoby triple. Then, with the game at 92-90, Lowry nailed a three-pointer of his own to extend the Raptors lead.
The Jazz couldn’t come back, as the Raptors closed the game out with the 101-92 victory.
Toronto now has some time off before beginning a two-game homestand on Saturday against the Pistons.