Siakam Leads the Raptors to Victory over the Knicks
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, November 28, 2019
TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors were able to easily defeat the New York Knicks Wednesday night, 126-98, after facing them for the first time this season. With this win under their belt, they are 13-4 this season, while staying undefeated at home (8-0).
Following the thrilling win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, the Raptors faced the New York Knicks. After keeping Joel Embiid to 0 points, they were hoping to have a similarly dominant impact on the NY Knicks, which they were successful at.
The 1st quarter was a little bit of a surprise for the Raptors as RJ Barrett and his team took the lead, 29-21. They were determined to get a win on the road to boost the team's morale since they have been performing so poorly this season. This lead, however, did not last long as the Raptors proceeded to destroy the Knicks defense and shred every ounce of hope they had at winning this game.
Pascal Siakam was on fire after the 2nd quarter, letting the Knicks know not to poke the bear. Once he started, he was hard to stop. There was nobody who could defend Pascal, which made it that much easier for him to score 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. No one was able to guard him, and he showed his undeniable talents once more at Scotiabank Arena.
With the help from Fred Vanvleet, OG Anunoby and Ronde Hollis-Jefferson, Pascal was able to guide his team to victory. Furthermore, the rookie Terrance Davis (15, 4, 5) and the star of Raptors 905, Chris Boucher (13,12,4), also contributed to the teams' successful win. Chris Boucher was recognized by his former 905 team Tuesday night for his growing success alongside his teammate Malcolm Miller.
RJ Barrett’s homecoming was bittersweet. Playing in your home town is always nice, however, losing by 28 points does not feel too great. Nonetheless, he still had an impressive 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The raptors kept their huge lead after the 2nd quarter (58-46) till the end of the game, even taking a 30-point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, 89-69. After taking a very comfortable lead, the Raptors cleared out their bench and gave the rest of the players some time to shine. Malcolm Miller took advantage of the few playing minutes he had by throwing down 13 points in 14 minutes. Additionally, Shamorie Ponds got to play 6 minutes in which he scored 4 points.
After the controversy from ESPN’s Week 6 NBA Power Rankings, the Raptors prove that they do not need a list to tell them just how good they are. Their results and work ethic speak for itself. Even without their key veteran players, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, the team is not cracking under pressure as they continue the best at-home winning streak in the NBA.
The Raptors will travel south of the border to face Orlando Magic Friday night, 7:00 pm at the Amway Center. They hope to continue their 5-game winning streak.