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In the second and final meeting between the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors were unable to grab a second straight win, losing 104-100.
With under one minute remaining, the Raptors were able to storm back within two points after trailing by 13 points halfway through the fourth quarter. Toronto’s comeback efforts fell short in the final seconds when Devin Booker scored on both of his free throw attempts, cementing a four-point victory.
The Raptors were able to limit the Suns’ three-point shooting to just 25% but Toronto’s defensive effort wasn’t enough to stop Phoenix’s attack from inside, as they shot 63% from two-point range.
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton led the way for the Suns with 19 points each.
The game began with a strong offensive performance from both squads and the Raptors found themselves down just one point, 29-28, after the first quarter. Toronto and Phoenix continued to exchange close leads throughout the first half, going into halftime trailing 53-51.
Phoenix extended their lead in the third to six points as the Raptors were able to keep the game within two possessions, 83-77.
The Raptors were without DeAndre Bembry and Paul Watson tonight due to health and safety protocols. Patrick McCaw (knee) was also ruled out prior to the game.
Abdel Nader (knee) was the only Suns player on Phoenix’s injury report tonight.
Toronto will play the Portland Trailblazers and former Raptor Norman Powell on Sunday night. Powell was traded for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood on Thursday — just hours before the trade deadline.
The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. EST on Sportsnet One.