A Tough One

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Raptors 905 fall to the Upstart G-League Ignite in a Closely Contested Game

The Raptors 905 have fallen to 1-2 on the season, as they drop a close one against the G-League Ignite. They fell 113-105 in their highly anticipated matchup against the Ignite team that features a couple of 2021 draft prospects, along with some experienced NBA veterans.

Both teams got off to slow starts, missing a couple open shots and having unforced turnovers going both ways. The 905 struggled from deep in the first half, converting on just four of their 23 three point attempts, as the Ignite led 63-59 at halftime.

The Ignite got off to a strong start in the third quarter, as they capitalized on a 13-6 run that gave them an 11 point lead. The 905 made it a game late in the fourth, as they rallied behind their zone defence to make it a three-point game with about three minutes to go, but a Jalen Green triple made a it six-point game and the Ignite never looked back from there.

Vets making an Impact

Nik Stauskas led the way for the 905, as he had 23 points on seven-for-15 shooting from the field, but the Mississauga product struggled from deep, hitting just one of his nine three-point attempts on the night.

Gary Payton II made a major impact in this matchup, as he gave the Ignite problems with his defensive intensity and effort. Checking in around the five-minute mark of the first quarter, Payton II immediately grabbed three steals in consecutive possessions, living up to his nickname “the mitten.” He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and a team-high seven steals on the night. The seven steals matched a franchise-high for steals in a game, tying former Raptors 905-er Jordan Lloyd.

Raptor Rookie Watch

Coming off of a 25-point performance, Malachi Flynn had a quieter night in comparison to his last outing. He finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes of action. He flashed his pick and roll expertise, and looked strong off the bounce. He looked smooth as he hit a noticeable step back mid-range jumper over long-time NBA veteran Jarret Jack.

Jalen Harris had a lacklustre performance from the field, as he finished with seven points on three-for-12 shooting from the field. He missed a couple good looks early on, and struggled to create any sort of rhythm out on the court.

Ignite Youngsters Led the Way

The Ignite were led by the birthday boy Daishen Nix, who netted 25 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to celebrate his 19th birthday. He banked in a three-quarter court heave to end the first quarter after a scrappy possession that saw Nix convert an and-one on Payton II’s persistent defence.

Top-five prospects Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga added 21 points and 23 points respectively, as they continue their strong play thus far in Orlando.

905 Unable to Convert Points off Turnovers

The story of the game was the 905’s inability to convert point off of turnovers, as they forced 28 turnovers against this mostly young G-League Ignite team, but ended up with just 22 points off of those turnovers. The Ignite ended up with 24 points off turnovers, even though the 905 coughed up the ball 17 times on the night.

Next up for the Raptors 905, they’ll be taking on former Raptor Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday.

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