VanVleet, Siakam, and Powell combine for 93, Raptors get a win in Memphis
After a slight hiccup in Atlanta, the Toronto Raptors bounced back against the Memphis Grizzlies, picking up the victory 128-113. This was Toronto’s first win this season while trailing after three quarters of play, as they were previously 0-11 in those scenarios.
Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Norman Powell led the way for the Raptors, combining for 93 points. VanVleet added nine assists to his 32-point performance, which also included a 12-for-12 outing at the charity stripe. Siakam added 32 points, five rebounds, and six assists on the night. Powell continues his hot stretch off the bench, having another 20+ point performance.
On the night, Toronto shot 20/37 from three, and could not be stopped from distance.
The Raptors faced some adversity early on, with their floor general Kyle Lowry having to exit the game due to back spasms. To make matters worse, Head Coach Nick Nurse was ejected with three minutes to go in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul.
Toronto rallied after Nurse’s exit, going on a 27-5 run that ultimately sealed the deal for the Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas had a monster outing in his second appearance against his former team. He lead the way with 27 points and 20 rebounds, 10 of which came off of the offensive glass. Ja Morant had a strong first half, but was limited in the second half which slowed down the Memphis offence. He still finished with 18 points and nine assists, but had much more difficulty getting to his spots in the second half, facing constant double teams and pressure from the Raptor defence.
With the win, the Raptors improve to 11-13, and 3-1 on their current road trip. Up next, the Raptors will travel to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards on Wednesday.