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Sports Siakam scores 44 points, Raptors beat Pelicans 122-104

09:45  09 november  2019
09:45  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

What does Raptors’ Pascal Siakam have to do to take another leap?

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Siakam matched a career high with 44 points in the Raptors ' 122 - 104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. But, Siakam showed again Friday he can lead the Raptors to victories as his 44 points matched the career high from a game against the Washington Wizards on Feb.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points , and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122 - 104 on Friday night. But the Raptors scored the first 15 points of the second quarter. Toronto parlayed the hot start into a 45- point quarter and a 75-53 halftime lead.

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NEW ORLEANS — The Toronto Raptors tried to balance celebrating an impressive performance by Pascal Siakam and concern over injuries to two of their top players.

Siakam matched a career high with 44 points in the Raptors' 122-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

As Siakam drained shots, Toronto's medical staff was evaluating injuries to starting point guard Kyle Lowry and sixth-man Serge Ibaka.

Lowry suffered a fractured left thumb and Ibaka has a severely sprained ankle. That means the defending NBA Champions will likely be depleted — at least in the immediate future.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points , and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122 - 104 on Friday night. But the Raptors scored the first 15 points of the second quarter. Toronto parlayed the hot start into a 45- point quarter and a 75-53 halftime lead.

Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points , and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122 - 104 on Friday night. Siakam scored 16 points in the first quarter, and finished 17 of 28 from the floor. He also had 20 rebounds. Fred VanVleet had 12 points and 11

But, Siakam showed again Friday he can lead the Raptors to victories as his 44 points matched the career high from a game against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 13. The NBA's Most Improved Player last season scored 16 in the first quarter Friday, and finished 17 of 28 from the floor. He also had 10 rebounds.

Siakam attempted a career-high 10 3-pointers, making five. The confident deep shooting is just another sign of his continued growth.

"He's got the green light to make any move he wants at this point," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "No, I'm serious man. We're just trying to get him to see how far he can go here. Drive it, post it, shoot the three, drive it in transition, play pick and roll; we want him to get as many reps as he can."

The 6-foot-9 Siakam briefly ran the Toronto offence to start the fourth quarter with Lowry out and Fred VanVleet resting. Siakam said a rare opportunity to play point guard was an opportunity to work on his ball-handling and overall game.

Kyle Lowry's 26 points helps Raptors hold on for 104-95 win over Magic

  Kyle Lowry's 26 points helps Raptors hold on for 104-95 win over Magic TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 26 points with six assists and five rebounds as the Toronto Raptors held on for a 104-95 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday. Pascal Siakam added 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Toronto (3-1). Fred VanVleet managed 14 points after a cold start to the game, and contributed five rebounds and six assists. Jonathan Isaac led Orlando (1-2) with 24 points and seven rebounds. Former Raptors forward Terrence Ross saluted the sold-out Scotiabank Arena crowd of 19,800 after a brief video tribute was played in his honour. He finished with 11 points for the Magic.

After tallying 26 points in the first half, Pascal Siakam finishes with a career-high tying 44 points , along with 10 rebounds for the Raptors as they defeated the Pelicans , 122 - 104 in New Orleans. Brandon Ingram recorded 27 points and 7 rebounds for the Pelicans in the losing effort.

Lowry scores 26 as Raptors beat Magic 104 -95. Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Toronto Raptors withstood a late rally to beat the Orlando Magic 104 -95 on Monday night for their third win in four games to start the season.

"I'm just trying to continue to improve, continue to get better and just do what I do— just be myself," he said.

Toronto used a 45-point second quarter to take control of the game and improved to 6-2. The Pelicans slipped to 1-7.

Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 27 points. He made just 10 of 25 field goals. Jrue Holiday added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists for New Orleans.

The Pelicans kept pace early and the first quarter ended in a 30-30 tie. But the Raptors scored the first 15 points of the second quarter. Toronto parlayed the hot start into a 45-point quarter and a 75-53 halftime lead.

In the lopsided first half, the Raptors made 13 of 23 3-pointers (57 and outscored the Pelicans 31-9 on fast-break points. In the game, Toronto shot better from behind the arc (19 of 43, 44.2 than on two pointers (22 of 50, 44%).

Even with Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard leaving in free agency, the Raptors have so far looked like a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, and Siakam's continued emergence is a key reason for Toronto's impressive start.

Siakam scores third 30-point game as Raptors down Casey and Pistons

  Siakam scores third 30-point game as Raptors down Casey and Pistons TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, Fred Van Vleet added 13 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 125-113 on Wednesday for their first win against former coach Dwane Casey. Siakam put up at least 30 points for the third time in five games this season, and added five rebounds and five assists as Toronto (4-1) improved to 1-3 against Casey since he became head coach of the Pistons last year. Kyle Lowry hadSiakam put up at least 30 points for the third time in five games this season, and added five rebounds and five assists as Toronto (4-1) improved to 1-3 against Casey since he became head coach of the Pistons last year.

Pascal Siakam scored 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Toronto Raptors ' victory over the New Orleans Pelicans . NBA Wk3: Raptors 122 - 104 Pelicans .

Siakam scores 44 points , Raptors beat Pelicans 122 - 104 . Ibaka left in the final minute of the second quarter after turning his ankle. Siakam launched a career-high 10 three- point attempts and tied a career-best with five makes. "He's got the green light to make any move he wants at this point

"He's evolving into a superstar," Lowry said of Siakam.

INJURY DETAILS

Lowry said he suffered his thumb injury in the first quarter when he tried to swipe the ball away from Pelicans centre Derrick Favours on an offensive rebound.

"It felt weird from the rip," Lowry said. "I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Originally, we thought it was something in the nail bed because the nail bed turned black and blue. We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors, and there was a small fracture in the thumb."

Lowry said Friday's injury is unrelated to the surgery he had in July to repair ligaments in the same thumb.

Lowry went to the bench after the initial injury, but he returned a couple minutes later. He even made two 3-pointers in the second quarter before subbing out midway through the quarter and retreating to the locker room.

Ibaka, who was in a walking boot after the game, suffered his ankle sprain when he contested an Ingram layup with about 1 minute remaining in the second quarter. Ibaka lay on the floor, writhing in pain as play continued, before a Toronto foul allowed two teammates to help him limp off the floor.

Lowry, Siakam lead Raptors over Kings 124-120 to stay undefeated at home

  Lowry, Siakam lead Raptors over Kings 124-120 to stay undefeated at home Kyle Lowry had 24 points, Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors held off a late Sacramento surge to defeat the Kings 124-120 on Wednesday.Serge Ibaka had 21 points — 10 in the fourth quarter alone — for the Raptors (5-2), who remained perfect at home (4-0). OG Anunoby added 18 and Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Pascal Siakam scored 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the visiting Toronto Raptors routed the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 122 - 104 . Siakam made 17-of-28 field goals and matched his career-high as the Raptors began a five-game road trip. OG Anunoby added 21 points , Normal Powell scored

230 lb ( 104 kg). Career information. On October 25, 2017, Siakam scored a then career-high 20 points in a 117–112 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[11] During the 2017–18 season, the Raptors ' offensive rating was four points better with Siakam on the floor, compared to seven points worse his

DEFENSIVE WOES

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry bemoaned his team's defence again after the game. Through eight games, New Orleans has allowed a 40-point quarter and a 70-point half three times.

"Those are hard to survive in this league," Gentry said. "That's where they got the separation, and then once again you're playing uphill the rest of the game and it doesn't matter what kind of run you make."

New Orleans entered Friday allowing a league-worst 124.3 points per game, and after another ugly defensive performance, he hinted there could soon be lineup changes.

"The people we have out there, if they can't do what we're expecting them to do, then the next thing for us to do is that we've got to try to find somebody else," he said.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Norman Powell scored 18 points off the bench.

Pelicans: New Orleans shot a season-worst 40.4% from the field. ... Guard Frank Jackson scored 13 points off the bench. Rookie and Toronto native Nickel Alexander-Walker added 13 points. ... Starting point guard Lonzo Ball did not play in the fourth quarter after a rough night that included four turnovers, a season-low two assists and 2-of-8 shooting (5 points).

UP NEXT

Raptors: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Pelicans: At Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

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Josh Katzenstein, The Associated Press

VanVleet scores 24 and Raptors beat Magic to remain unbeaten at home .
TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 24 points to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Orlando Magic 113-97 on Wednesday in a battle between short-handed teams. The Raptors (10-4) improved to 6-0 on the season at Scotiabank Arena, while Orlando (6-8) remains winless in five road games. It was a second consecutive career night for Toronto's undrafted rookie Terence Davis, who finished with 19 points to top his previous career-high 16 points he scored — in less than four minutes — on Monday.Pascal Siakam finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who were missing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

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