Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors got off to a hot start during the 1st quarter of the game. Kyle Lowry knocked down 3 three-pointers for 9 points, while DeMar DeRozan added on 6 points. DeMar had also recorded 4 assists. Denver's Paul Millsap led his team with 6 points. Serge Ibaka's presence on defense was felt early on as he blocked two shots. With 1.8 seconds remaining in the quarter, Delon Wright threw up a shot from the opposite side of the court, and it fell right in the hoop. This wild shot gave Toronto the momentum heading into the 2nd quarter. The Raptors led the Nuggets 25-23.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors in scoring with 8 points, while Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet both scored 6 points. Nikola Jokic was a monster for the Nuggets, dropping 13 points over the Toronto defense. At the 2:52 mark in the period, Siakam recorded a steal that was picked up by DeMar. DeMar took the ball over 90 feet and flushed down a fierce slam dunk. After a high scoring quarter, the score was tied at 58-58.
Millsap was dominating Toronto in the 3rd quarter. He easily put up 12 points in the quarter as he picked apart the defense. Besides defending Millsap, The Raptors interior defense was amazing. They recorded 7 blocks in the period, which is an extremely high number for blocks. At the 3:06 mark, DeRozan got a pick from Ibaka, and cut towards the hoop. Lowry threw an alley-oop to the cutting DeRozan, and he slammed it home. Ibaka and DeRozan combined for 14 points. Toronto trailed the Nuggets 82-85 entering the final quarter.
Toronto took advantage of Denver's mistakes throughout the 4th quarter, which eventually allowed them to regain the lead. Jakob Poeltl was a beast for the Raptors with 12 points scored. VanVleet dropped 7 points of his own. With 3:16 remaining in the game, VanVleet ran the pick-and-roll with Jakob, which resulted in Jakob getting open. Poeltl drove to the hoop and had a huge posterizer dunk over Denver's Millsap. The Raptors absorbed the energy for the crowd after the dunk and used it to close out the game. Toronto recorded an absurd amount of blocks in this game, 16 to be exact. The Raptors defeated the Nuggets 114-110.
DeMar DeRozan: 15pts, 8 assists, 2 steals
Jonas Valanciunas: 15pts, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks
Fred VanVleet: 15pts, 4 assists
Serge Ibaka: 13pts, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks
Jakob Poeltl: 12pts, 8 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 11pts, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 blocks
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