Review Written by Adam Garfield (@adam_garfield)
The Toronto Raptors took on the Memphis Grizzlies in a interconference matchup.
Serge Ibaka got things rolling early, scoring 7 of the team's 9 points within the first five minutes of regulation. Jonas Valanciuncas got into early foul trouble, forcing Coach Dwane Casey to bring in Jakob Poeltl. This substitution allowed the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol to rack up a total of 9 points in the quarter. Tyreke Evans also added a quick 8 points to add to the Grizzlies lead. The first quarter ended with the Raptors trailing the Grizzlies 25-34.
The 2nd quarter for the Grizzlies can be summed up in one play. Memphis Guard Ben McLemore attempted a 360° dunk during a fast break, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim resulting in a subsequent miss. That is where the momentum started to shift towards Toronto. After McLemore's missed dunk, the Raptors went on a 22-12 scoring run to end the 1st half. DeMar DeRozan put up 9 points in the 2nd quarter. Toronto trailed Memphis 57-62 at the end of the 1st half.
The Raptors surged in the 3rd quarter, led by Kyle Lowry as he scored 10 points. Trailing by as much as 12 points, Toronto was able to take the lead over the Grizzlies. The Raptors were able to force 6 turnovers, which was a key reason why they were able to make this comeback. The only thing that kept the Grizzlies in the game was Tyreke Evans and his 15 point effort in the 3rd. Toronto went into the 4th quarter with the score 93-92, trailing Memphis by only 1 point.
Toronto was able to run away with the game because of their excellent ball movement, totalling 6 assists in the final 12 minutes of regulation. The Raps kept the majority of their bench in the game, where they combined to score 14 points in the 4th. Toronto was able to pull away from Memphis in the end, defeating the Grizzlies 116-107.
DeMar DeRozan: 26pts, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Kyle Lowry: 16pts, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
Serge Ibaka: 21 points, 4/5 3PM
Jonas Valanciuncas: 8pts, 8 rebounds
Fred VanVleet: 12pts, 3 assists
Jakob Poeltl: 8pts, 7 rebounds
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