Raptors move to league-best 12-1
A big effort from the bench helped make up for rare off nights by two of the Raptors’ biggest scoring threats.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 10 rebounds and host Toronto beat the New York Knicks 128-112 on Saturday, improving its league-leading record to 12-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-low 12 points, failing to reach 20 for the second time in nine games. Kyle Lowry scored 10 points, one better than his season worst.
“That was our focus, to really do a job on those two,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “You’ve got to pick a poison and their role players really stepped up and made shots.”
OG Anunoby scored 16 points, and Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright each had 12 as the Raptors won their sixth straight home meeting with the Knicks, all of them by 10 points or more.
Toronto, which has won six straight overall, improved to 7-0 at home.
“Everyone is confident, everyone is working hard and just playing the game,” Siakam said. “It doesn’t matter what night it is, we just want to go out there and play.”
Toronto’s 62 bench points were a season high.
“We have one of the deepest teams in the
NBA,” Wright said. “We can go pretty far into our bench.”
The Raptors’ Nick Nurse became the first coach to win 12 of his first 13 games since Lawrence Frank started 13-0 with the New Jersey Nets in 2004.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Enes Kanter had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost 16 of their past 19 against the Raptors.
“That’s why they’re so good,” Hardaway said of Toronto. “They have that supporting cast that comes in and they take care of business. It’s as simple as that.”
Siakam shot 6 for 7, including a career-best three 3-pointers, and went 8 for 9 at the free-throw line.
Siakam’s outburst made up for a quiet night from Leonard, who didn’t make his first basket until a layup with 45 seconds to go in the first half. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year shot 2 for 7, missing both of his 3-point attempts.
Clippers 128, Bucks
126 (OT): Lou Williams hit a jumper with .3 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting host Los Angeles.
Montrezl Harrell intercepted Giannis Antetokounmpo’s inbounds pass as time expired, sending the Bucks to just their third loss in 12 games.
Harrell led Los Angeles with 26 points off the bench. Patrick Beverley added 21 points and Tobias Harris had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Former Clipper Eric Bledsoe’s three-pointer tied it at 119 with six seconds remaining.