Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Toronto Raptors took on the Sacramento Kings in an interconference duel.
Toronto got off to an amazing start, going on an 13-0 scoring run to open the 1st quarter. DeMar DeRozan logged 4 assists, while OG Anunoby scored 5 points during this run. The Kings fought back, led by Buddy Hield and his 7 points. The Raptors allowed the Kings to get back in the game due to their poor shooting from behind the arc, missing 10 three pointers. Sacramento was able to bring the game to within 5 points at the end of the quarter. Toronto led the Kings 22-17 at the end of the period.
The Raptors and the Kings went back and forth for the majority of the 2nd quarter, totaling 5 lead changes in the first 6 minutes. The highlight of the 2nd quarter was when Kyle Lowry converted a 4-point play around the 5 minute mark. Lowry was fouled by Sacramento's' Frank Mason III after draining a three pointer, and he went on and made the free throw. Toronto slightly improved on their three-point shooting, managing to only miss four times. The 2nd quarter ended with DeMar DeRozan hitting a turnaround jumper with .1 seconds left on the clock. The Raptors ended the first half leading 54-46.
DeMar DeRozan led the charge by scoring 13 points, along with Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciuncas each grabbing 3 rebounds. The Raptors were not able to stop Zach Randolph, allowing him to score 8 points in the period. Toronto gained an energy boost after Serge Ibaka blocked De'Aaron Fox's dunk attempt early in the quarter, which was a big reason why the Raps were able to run with the lead. The quarter ended with Toronto leading Sacramento 79-67.
Toronto was able to pull away with the lead due to Sacramento's 4 turnovers. Kings' Zach Randolph tried to lead his team to a comeback by scoring 5 points and grabbing 4 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to derail the Raptors. Toronto won the game by 15 points, defeating the Sacramento Kings 102-87.
DeMar DeRozan: 25pts, 3 rebounds, 9 assists
Serge Ibaka: 20pts, 4 rebounds, +/- 25
Kyle Lowry: 15pts, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, +/- 23
Jonas Valanciuncas: 9pts, 8 rebounds, +/- 17
C.J Miles: 11 points, 5 steals
Jakob Poeltl: 9pts, 4 rebounds
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