Nine Strong


Nine Players Finish in Double-Figures as Raptors Blowout Lowly Kings

For once, Fred VanVleet had some time to ice the old knees mid-game.

In what has become a rare occurrence, the Toronto Raptors did not need their late-game closer in the final quarter as they used a huge 70 point first half to set the tone against the struggling Sacramento Kings.

“I thought we came out with a professional approach, set the tone early, and we were juts able to control it from there,” said VanVleet, who finished the contest with 12 points and was one of nine Raptor players to score in double-digits for the game. “Everybody that stepped on the court tonight contributed in a major way.”

VanVleet can also thank second-year guard Malachi Flynn for taking some of the pressure of his back as the 23-year old 2020 First Round pick had his best game of the season, scoring 14 points in just 14 minutes on 6-for-8 shooting, helping the Raptors secure the big 124-101 victory.

Other notable performances included Chris Boucher, who scored a team high 17 points in a spot start in place of Precious Achiuwa who has entered the league’s health and safety protocol. Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam scored 16 points apiece, while Gary Trent Jr. added 12 points in the win. Yuta Watanabe had a big game as well, accumulating a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double off the bench.

“The big goal was to come out and set a tone defensively that we were there to play hard on that end and I think that was a huge key by the whole team, really,” said Nick Nurse following his team’s blowout win. “The first group did a great job and when the subs started coming in, they kept it going.”

Winners of four of their last five games, the Raptors will look to keep the momentum going as they on the COVID-ravaged Brooklyn Nets tonight.


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