Raptors Are Again Unbeatable at Home and Against the Nets

The Nets wanted yet one more victory to match their greatest stretch in 4 years. Instead, they stumbled in Toronto — once more.

Kawhi Leonard had 20 factors and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 16 factors and the Raptors beat the Nets, 122-105, on Friday night time for his or her second seven-game house profitable streak of the season.

“I rarely say this about our team, but I didn’t love the effort tonight,” Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson stated.

The Nets entered with 13 wins in 17 video games, a run that started with a 106-105 extra time victory over Toronto on Dec. 7. The Nets final received 14 of 18 in the 2013-14 season.

Toronto has received 13 of the previous 14 conferences with the Nets, together with seven straight north of the border. The Nets haven’t received in Toronto since Feb. 4, 2015.

“We’ve made strides, but we have a long way to go,” Atkinson stated. “This is a little bit of a humble pie, going up against an elite team like this.”

Serge Ibaka added 14 factors, O G Anunoby and Norman Powell every had 13, Delon Wright had 12 to assist Toronto enhance to 18-4 at house. They final misplaced at house Dec. 9 to Milwaukee.

The Raptors have received 4 straight over all and six of seven. The solely loss in that stretch was Jan. 3 at San Antonio. Leonard reached 20 factors for the 18th consecutive recreation, extending his career-best streak.

Toronto set a season excessive with 105 pictures and had 32 assists on 48 baskets. The Raptors are 8-0 once they have 30 or extra assists.

“It’s what we’re looking for, a total team effort,” stated guard Fred VanVleet, one among 5 Toronto reserves to attain at least 10 factors. The Raptors completed with 60 bench factors, two shy of a season excessive.

D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 24 factors. Shabazz Napier added 15 factors, and Jarrett Allen had 12 rebounds.

Russell scored 12 factors in the first and the Nets closed the quarter with a 14-3 run to take a 35-28 lead. It was the Nets’ highest-scoring first quarter on the highway this season.

Toronto turned the tables in the second, overcoming a 1-point deficit by outscoring the Nets by 15-3 over the closing 2 minutes 55 seconds. The Raptors outscored the Nets, 36-18, in the second and led by 64-53 at halftime.

Siakam scored 9 factors and Ibaka had 8 as the Raptors pulled away in the third, connecting on 16 of 32 pictures. Toronto took a 99-75 lead into the fourth.

PACERS 121, KNICKS 106 Domantas Sabonis had 22 factors and 15 rebounds to cap his scorching season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced again from its worst efficiency of the season by beating the Knicks.

Sabonis shot 9 for 14 from the discipline to complete 21 of 26 this season in two video games at the Garden. He made all 12 pictures and tied his profession excessive with 30 factors when the Pacers received right here on Halloween.

Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six gamers in double figures as Indiana shot 52 %.

Victor Oladipo added 19 factors for the Pacers, who yielding season highs of 135 factors and 56.8 % taking pictures of their 27-point loss in Boston on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 factors for the Knicks, again from a six-game journey and taking part in their first recreation at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They misplaced their seventh straight at house.

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