NBA

Lowry out, but Raptors roll to franchise scoring record in rout of Kings

Pascal Siakam had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, Toronto made 20 3-pointers and the Raptors set a franchise record for scoring while winning for the second time this season, 144-123 over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Toronto guard misses game for 'personal reasons'

Toronto's OG Anunoby attempts a shot during the first quarter of the Raptors' 144-123 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday. (Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press)

Pascal Siakam had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, Toronto made 20 three-pointers and the Raptors set a franchise record for scoring while winning for the second time this season, 144-123 over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

Fred VanVleet scored 34 points to help the Raptors (2-6) snap a three-game losing streak. Toronto's only other win came on Dec. 31 against the New York Knicks.

Nick Nurse's team won its seventh straight against the Kings despite being without point guard Kyle Lowry (personal reasons).

That, and the poise the Raptors showed after falling behind by 19 points in the first half, had Nurse beaming afterward.

WATCH | Raptors erupt for win over Kings:

Raptors defeat Kings without Lowry in high-scoring affair

Sports

2 months ago
0:41
Toronto sets franchise record for points in a game as they beat Sacramento 144-123, Fred VanVleet game-high 34 points. 0:41

"When there's a whole bunch of guys hitting the floor with that level of fight, it kind of snowballs a little bit. It's contagious," Nurse said. "There wasn't a whole lot to hang our heads about other than the start, and we didn't then."

Chris Boucher added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Norman Powell scored 22 points and Terence Davis had 18.

"We did a great job of playing with energy throughout the game, even at the start," said Powell, who made four triples. "We clawed our way back into the game and the guys showed a lot of heart, toughness and togetherness to give us a chance going into that second half."

De'Aaron Fox scored 23 points and rookie Tyrese Haliburton had 15 points and eight assists for Sacramento.

Toronto outscored Sacramento 33-20 in the fourth quarter.

"They manhandled us, especially in that second half," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "We built up a nice, big lead, and you see it all the time in the NBA ... they got hot. It didn't matter who they put in the game, they weren't missing. We relaxed, and as soon as we relaxed they found a nice smooth rhythm."

The Raptors' previous record for scoring in the regular season was 140 points, last done against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 22, 2019. Toronto scored 150 points against the Brooklyn Nets on Aug. 23 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now