This game was for Kobe, Gigi and the other victims of today’s horrific helicopter accident.
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, January 27, 2020
With heavy hearts around the league everywhere, this was a tough game to play but both teams did finish the game...for Kobe.
This was very hard to write and I doubt by the time I’m done it will be any easier. Today the world lost some very special people. Among those souls were five time champion and arguably the GOAT, Kobe Bryant. We heard the news around 2:00pm (est) that he had passed due to a problem on his private helicopter, and no one on board had survived. About an hour or so later, it was announced that his daughter Gianna “Gigi” was on board and they were on their way to a game of hers. The Raptors and Spurs must have heard the news while they were in the locker room because it was mere moments before you saw them on the court teared up and very emotional. I was still in shock so I am imagine how these friends and co workers of Kobe felt. I am not sure I would have been able to walk on to the court so I have serious respect for these players.
It was a somber start to the game. To start both teams would drain the shot clock that is 24 seconds in honor of Kobe. The first quarter was going in favour of Toronto. Pascal Siakam would set a franchise record putting up 25 pts in the first quarter alone meanwhile the Spurs’ put up 21 pts. He would go on to finish a game high 35 pts.
It wasn’t going well for the Raptors though. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson would leave the game with a sprained right ankle.
Marc Gasol would step up and thankfully so because I was starting to worry about his ability to keep up with the rest of the team. He gave Toronto their last 5 pts before the time out. He would finish with a strong 8 pts and 12 reb.
This game wasn’t a run away by any means. San Antonio gave Toronto a run for their money and made them work hard. San Antonio drilled 16 three balls but Toronto drilled one more with 17. Derrick White of the Spur's would drain the contested three over Kyle Lowry to end the half,63-51.
With the game tied at 105 with forty seconds to go, Fred VanVleet hit the running jumper and then went to the line to make it a two poessesion ball game and that was it.
Toronto will be heading home to host the Hawks on Tuesday with tip-off at 7:30pm. I want to ask everyone to hug your loved ones and let them know you love them because as we saw today, you never know when you might lose them.
Raptors 110- 106 Spurs