June 26, 2022

Toronto Raptors ahead Pascal Siakam drives on Denver Nuggets guard Davon Reed on March 12.John Leyba/USA TODAY Sports activities by way of Reuters

Pascal Siakam scored 33 factors, Scottie Barnes had 25 and the Toronto Raptors pulled away late to beat the Denver Nuggets 127-115 on Saturday night time.

Chris Boucher added 21 factors and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, and Barnes additionally had 10 assists and eight rebounds. They received their third in a row and improved to 5-5 because the All-Star break.

The victory got here on the again finish of a back-to-back that started with a victory at NBA-leading Phoenix the night time earlier than.

“Confirmed a variety of character,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse stated. “We’ve confirmed a variety of toughness these previous two nights and that takes you a great distance.”

So did their second unit, which Nurse caught with for a lot of the fourth quarter.

“It was rolling,” Siakam stated. “So long as we win the sport, that’s what I’m about. Kudos to these guys, they got here in excessive depth, they performed onerous and so they received the sport for us.”

Nikola Jokic had 26 factors and 10 rebounds to steer the Nuggets. Bones Hyland added 17 factors, and Will Barton had 16 in his return from an ankle damage.

However the Nuggets misplaced out within the rebounding battle. Toronto completed with 55 rebounds, together with 23 offensive boards resulting in 30 second-chance factors. Solely 9 of Denver’s 46 rebounds had been on the offensive finish and the Nuggets had 11 second chance-points.

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“That’s unacceptable,” Jokic stated. “They’d extra offensive than defensive (rebounds), it appeared like. We simply have to do a greater job than at this time.”

Trailing by two on the break, the Nuggets received 3-pointers from Hyland and Austin Rivers round a tip-in from Siakam to shut the third quarter with a 99-93 lead.

The Raptors regained the lead with a 10-2 burst capped by Boucher’s alley-oop layup that put them in entrance 117-109 with 3:56 left to play. Morris made considered one of two free throws, however Boucher hit a 3-pointer and Barnes drove in for a layup round a dunk by Jeff Inexperienced to construct the Raptors’ result in 10 factors with 1:25 left to safe the victory.

Siakam scored 23 of his factors within the first half, serving to the Raptors take a 65-63 lead.

Raptors: G Fred VanVleet was held out of the sport, the second in a back-to-back set, as a part of managing his restoration from a proper knee damage. He returned to motion Friday night time in a victory at NBA-leading Phoenix after lacking the earlier 5 video games due to the knee damage. Siakam has scored 20 or extra factors in six straight video games.

Nuggets: F Aaron Gordon was held out of the sport due to proper foot soreness. F Zeke Nnaji missed a second straight sport as a consequence of bilateral knee soreness. Barton returned from a three-game absence due to a left ankle sprain.

Up subsequent

Raptors: On the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night time.

Nuggets: At Philadelphia on Monday night time.