And now for one thing fully completely different.
After a lot angst and consternation concerning the perceived third-quarter shortcomings of the Raptors, they went out Tuesday and posted a season-best scoring binge within the third on the way in which to pasting the Phoenix Suns 126-113 on the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors hung a 42-point run on guests — punctuating their highest-scoring third quarter of season with a 10-point flurry within the ultimate 90 seconds — to run their profitable streak to 4 video games total and enhance to an NBA-best 10-1 at residence.
Closing with a small lineup that had Serge Ibaka at centre together with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Fred VanVleeet and OG Anunoby, the Raptors had been fast sufficient to defend on the perimeter and versatile sufficient on offence to attain virtually at will.
Lowry and DeRozan had been super, combining for 40 factors and 18 assists and dominating the primary and fourth quarters. Serge Ibaka had 19 factors whereas Anunoby made a season-best 4 three-pointers and completed with 16 factors. Toronto additionally dished out 29 assists.
The Raptors had been getting their first look this season at Phoenix’s Devin Booker, the 21-year-old Suns guard who’s changing into one of the vital harmful scorers within the league.
He got here in off a 46-point outing Monday in Philadelphia and had 10 video games of 30 or extra factors in Phoenix’s first 25 video games, probably the most in Suns historical past.
“He does all the pieces with ease, from distance, and he’s a tricky child,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey stated. “Normally you tag shooters with being smooth, however this child is hard, he delivers blows first, he hits first, even his post-up.
“It’s not simply jump-shooting, he does it within the publish, he assaults the rim. So he has actually develop into one of the vital dynamic scorers — younger gamers, previous gamers, no matter — in our league.”
The Raptors used a mix of defenders on him — Anunoby, DeRozan and Norm Powell largely — and Booker was not an element as Toronto jumped out to a 55-46 halftime lead.
The younger Suns guard missed all seven pictures he tried within the first half on his method to a 19-point outing that included a Four-for-15 effort from the sector. He was carried off the court docket with slightly below three minutes left with what regarded like a hamstring or groin harm.
Booker’s poor begin was a part of a wretched opening quarter for the Suns, who dedicated seven turnovers. The Raptors, in the meantime, made six three-pointers and jumped out to a 13-point lead. The Suns had been on the ultimate cease of a six-game street journey and enjoying their third recreation in 4 nights, so not getting blown out early was a key heading into the sport.
“The nights we’ve struggled have been back-to-backs the place we’re bodily and mentally a little bit bit drained,” Suns coach Jay Triano stated. “The place is our psychological toughness going to be? Are we going to have the ability to struggle by way of back-to-backs? How briskly, as a younger participant, are you going to learn to struggle by way of that? That’s form of the talks we’ve had, we haven’t dealt with it properly so far, I don’t assume.”
The Raptors tried to present most of their benefit again with a seven-turnover, 19-point quarter of their very own within the second however the Suns imploded a bit within the third.
Rookie T.J. Warren, who had been their main scorer on the night time, was tossed after selecting up two technical fouls and Marquese Chriss obtained one minutes later.