Siakam, Lowry Lead Raptors to Bounce Back Win Against the Kings
The Toronto Raptors are sitting pretty at 5-2 as they are set to begin an incredibly tough west-coast road trip, which will feature a back-to-back at the Staples Centre.
To this point, the Raptors short rotation has been getting the job done, but the true litmus test is approaching very quickly.
That being said, the Raptors took care of business on Wednesday night when they welcomed the upstart Sacramento Kings to town. Led by 24 points from Kyle Lowry and 23 points and 13 rebounds from budding star Pascal Siakam, the Raptors received contributions from just about everyone in a bounce back effort after falling the the Milwaukee Bucks. Serge Ibaka continued his strong play off the bench with 21 points, while OG Anunoby has himself yet another stellar night on both ends of the floor, finishing with 18 points on 70-percent shooting.
Following the victory, Nick Nurse appeared very pleased with how his team played on the offensive side of the ball.
“The offence was great. They kept playing next action, they kept taking what was there,” said the Raptors head coach. “I thought that was one of our better offensive nights. There was no real lulls where the ball was sticking very much tonight.”
After struggling in the early goings of the season, Marc Gasol put in a good effort, which for Coach Nurse was one of the key bright spots of the Wednesday night victory.
“Marc made a big improvement,” Nurse said. “Those guys are getting a little bit more in sync when they hit him to quickly back cut or slip a screen or head to the rim, because they know there’s a good chance he’s going to try to feed them.
“But I thought everybody was in to what we call ‘next-action basketball’ tonight. When it didn’t look good, boom, it was to Marc and to the other side and to the next screen and roll. And if that didn’t look good then, boom, it was to the other side. That’s a little bit more like it for us offensively.”
The Raptors now head out to New Orleans for the start of a tough five-game road trip.