Leonard re­turns to help Rap­tors im­prove to NBA-best 11-1

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SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 11 re­bounds in his re­turn from an an­kle in­jury, and the Toronto Rap­tors beat the Sacra­mento Kings 114-105 to im­prove the NBA’s best record to 11-1.

Pas­cal Si­akam scored 21 points, Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 14 re­bounds, and Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight as­sists for the Rap­tors.

Toronto has won five straight since its lone loss this sea­son at Mil­wau­kee on Oct. 29.

Leonard sat out the pre­vi­ous two games and got off to a slug­gish start early against the Kings be­fore help­ing Toronto pull away.

The two-time All­Star scored 10 points in the sec­ond quar­ter and 10 in the third, in­clud­ing a soar­ing, one-handed dunk through traf­fic. Leonard also made a piv­otal 3-pointer in the fourth af­ter Sacra­mento had pulled to 106-99.

Toronto has won three straight against the Kings.

Wil­lie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield scored 24 points apiece for Sacra­mento. De’Aaron Fox added 20 points, and sec­ond over­all draft pick Marvin Ba­gley III had 13.

The Kings have lost two straight since win­ning five in a row.

Toronto ended the first quar­ter on a 154 run, then took con­trol once Leonard got go­ing in the sec­ond af­ter Sacra­mento got in foul trou­ble.

Leonard made five free throws in the pe­riod, one com­ing af­ter frus­trated Kings coach Dave Jo­erger was hit with a tech­ni­cal foul for ar­gu­ing with of­fi­cials. Leonard also had a 3pointer that put the Rap­tors up 49-40.

Jeff Green added back-to-back 3s and OG Anunoby fol­lowed with a steal and dunk as Toronto took a 64-51 half­time lead.

AP Photo

Toronto Rap­tors for­ward Kawhi Leonard, left, talks with team­mate Toronto Rap­tors for­ward Pas­cal Si­akam dur­ing the first quar­ter of an NBA bas­ket­ball game against the Sacra­mento Kings in Sacra­mento, Calif.

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