(Memphis) Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam both had 32 points and the Toronto Raptors orchestrated a comeback in the second half to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 128-113 on Monday night.
Norman Powell added 29 points for the Raptors, who began their comeback after head coach Nick Nurse was sent off in the third quarter.
VanVleet also had nine assists for the Raptors, who outscored rivals 65-43 in the second half and 34-16 in the fourth.
Jonas Valanciunas led the Grizzlies’ offense with 27 points and collected 20 rebounds, a personal high this season.
Dillon Brooks added 22 points but could not do better than eight baskets in 20 attempts from the field while Ja Morant finished the game with 18 points and nine assists.
He was five baskets in 17 attempts from the field, however, and the Grizzlies could not do better than a 43% save percentage from the field.
The Raptors looked shaky with three minutes to go in the third quarter. Nurse had just been sent off following a second technical foul against him.
In addition, guard Kyle Lowry left the game in the first half due to back spasms.
But the Raptors responded to their head coach’s expulsion by going for a 27-5 streak, aided by superior defensive play and good support from their reservists.
This push allowed the Raptors to increase their lead to 113-100 with 7:48 to go. The Grizzlies never really threatened the rest of the game.