Toronto Raptors Battle Back from 17 Point Deficit, Snap 3-Game Slide
Nick Nurse called out his team following a third straight loss and his depleted squad responded in a big way on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
Overcoming a 17 point deficit, the undermanned Toronto Raptors battled as hard as ever in the second half, clawing back to take home a 123-114 win. After a lopsided loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Raptors received huge bounce back efforts from en route to their 43rd victory of the season, remaining a game ahead of the Boston Celtics for second in the Eastern Conference.
“We just have to play harder,” Kyle Lowry said. “Understand the game plans a little bit better and play a lot harder.”
Led by a game-high 33 points from Pascal Siakam, Lowry overcame a nasty elbow to the face to drop 28 points. Norman Powell continued his torrid breakout campaign with a 26 point effort, while Chris Boucher had a career-night, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
With 21 games remaining in the season, the Raptors remain neck-and-neck with the Celtics for the two seed. Tonight’s response was much needed as the Raptors have been sputtering of later after being handed more injury news. Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka missed their third straight game, but are expected to return shortly. There remains no timetable on Marc Gasol’s return.
With four of their next five games against none-playoff opponents, the Raptors must capitalize before they start a difficult stretch to end the month of March.