(Tampa) Harrison Barnes had 26 points and the Sacramento Kings won a third straight game on Friday, winning 126-124 over the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors failed to close an 18-point deficit, despite a great fight in the last quarter.
Deprived of OG Anunoby and Norman Powell, injured, Nick Nurse’s group suffered a third straight setback.
Pascal Siakam still excelled with 32 points, often showing the finish that we know him, when he is at his best.
Fred VanVleet had 26 points, seven more than Kyle Lowry.
The latter was chased with four seconds on the clock in the match, after a second technical foul.
Nurse said that according to referee Nathalie Sago, the veteran said something she couldn’t let go. Nurse said she did not want to tell him the content of the comments in question.
Terence Davis and Yuta Watanabe totaled 12 points each.
Barnes was supported by De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, authors of 24 and 22 points.
Hassan Whiteside tormented the Raptors near the basket, scoring 16 points, as did Canadian Cory Joseph.
“We were often looking for solutions in defense,” said Nurse.
The Kings had 31 assists, 11 more than their rivals; heading into the last quarter, the Raptors committed a lot of too many discounts, or made when a teammate wasn’t expecting too much.
The Kings have also created 22 turnovers.
We felt that the game was slipping out of the hands of the Torontonians in the first quarter, after twenty points on each side.
Barnes called the visitors’ colors with three three-pointers in 1:37, allowing Sacramento to lead 36-24 after 12 minutes.
At the half, the score was 68-58 in favor of the Kings, thanks in particular to 15 points from Barnes.
Late in the third quarter, a basket from Joseph increased the Kings’ cushion to 18 points.
“We can’t afford that much delay,” said Siakam. You have to be more focused at the start, to counter what the other team is trying to do. ”
The Raptors made matters worse, dominating 33-22 in the final quarter, but came in short.
An elegant stride shot from Watanabe approached his side at one point, but rookie Ty Haliburton responded with a three-point shot, with 44 seconds left. Sacramento was then leading 120-116.
Toronto couldn’t turn the tide, and the basket-foul-free throw streak turned to the advantage of the visitors.
The Raptors will play their next game Sunday night in Tampa, against the Orlando Magic.
Suffering from a strained left calf, Anunoby missed a second straight game.
The 23-year-old is second in the NBA with 2.1 steals per game, on average.
Anunoby ranks fourth among the Raptors with 14.6 points per game, on average.
Powell was absent with a contusion to his right quadriceps.
He has provided at least 20 points in his last four games.