Rap­tors move to league-best 12-1

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Nba - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

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

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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.

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