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The Toronto Raptors fell to the Sacramento Kings 126-124 in a nail-biting matchup on Friday night. It was the third straight loss for the Raptors, dropping their record 7-12.
After a troublesome first three quarters for Toronto, the Raptors found their way back to within five points with over five minutes remaining in regulation. Pascal Siakam made a dunk with just 5.1 seconds left on the clock, cutting the deficit to two points in a 123-121 game.
But as the clock winded down to four, DeAndre’ Bembry took a personal foul. This led to a chain of events where De’Aaron Fox made his first of two free throws, eventually leading to a Kyle Lowry technical foul and ejection. Lowry’s foul forced an additional free throw by Buddy Hield, which he made.
Fox then returned back to the foul line to drain his second of two free throws, ultimately sealing Sacramento’s eighth victory of the season.
Despite the disappointing loss, there were some highlights from the Raptors.
Siakam led Toronto with 32 points and was the team’s one bright spot in a lackluster first half. Fred VanVleet was close behind, finishing the game with 26 points and extending his three-point shooting streak to 51 games straight – a franchise record. Yuta Watanabe was the headliner off the bench in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds in the last 10 minutes of regulation.
Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings, scoring 26 points. Fox and Buddy Hield were also major contributors for Sacramento’s win with 24 and 22 points, respectively.
Toronto had a slow start to the game, hitting only 6 threes during the first two quarters – two of those buckets coming from Terrance Davis. The Raptors defence was also struggling early, and ended up allowing a 55.1 field goal % for the game.
The last time Toronto met Sacramento, the Kings maintained the lead through the first two quarters; however, the Raptors stormed back with 40 third quarter points, leading to their 144-123 victory. Unfortunately, Toronto did not repeat history on Friday night as the end of the third quarter saw Toronto trailing by 13 points, 104-91.
The Raptors were missing Norman Powell (thigh), OG Anunoby (calf) and Patrick McCaw (knee) due to injuries. Powell and Anunoby are both listed as “day-to-day” while McCaw is still ruled out with no clear timeline for a return.
Nemanja Bjelica (back), Jahmi’us Ramsey (groin) and DaQuan Jeffries (ankle) were all ruled out for the Kings.
The Raptors will host the Orlando Magic on Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST. The Orlando Magic are 8-12 after their 90-116 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.