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The Toronto Raptors rebounded from their Saturday night loss with a determined win over the Memphis Grizzlies, defeating them by a score of 128 to 113. Despite Nick Nurse being ejected from the game late in the third quarter, the Raptors came out in the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run that sparked great plays on both ends of the court.
Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet all had outstanding performances, scoring a combined 93 points for the Raps.
Siakam continued his hot streak, scoring 32 points along with shooting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Coming into tonight, he had only hit 3-of-29 threes in his last 10 games, so this may be a good sign for his offense going forward.
Fred VanVleet managed the backcourt scoring 32 points along with distributing 9 assists. His leadership and composure in the fourth quarter helped lead the team to a victory.
The lone bright spot for Memphis was the dominating performance by former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas. In his second game after returning from health and safety protocols, JV had a monster game against his old team, finishing with a season high 27 points and 20 rebounds. He did most of his damage from the paint, shooting 8-for-12 and grabbing 10 offensive rebounds, exploiting the Raptors lack of size down low.
The Raps lost Kyle Lowry early in the first quarter with apparent back spasms, and he did not return for the rest of the game. Already without OG Anunoby (calf) in the lineup, hopefully this injury isn’t serious enough to keep Lowry out of the rotation for long.
The Raptors continue their six-game road trip and look to win back-to-back games against the Washington Wizards this Wednesday. Tune into their next game on February 10th at 7:00 p.m, EST.