Raptors set a franchise record for points in a regulation win by a commanding 144-123 score over Sacramento in a game where they were down by 16 in the first, and the bench - the worst in the league this season in point totals - were absolutely ablaze
Fred VanVleet got a solid 34 points and shot almost 60% in place of an absent Kyle Lowry who bowed out for personal reasons.
Nice to see Siakam play an energized game, coming one rebound shy of the first triple-double of his career. Cool seeing him yell after threes, and heading back to the bench. Let’s hope whatever heebeegeebees he’s had to deal with (for tooooo long) are starting to iron themselves out. Might be a slightly bumpy ride, yet.
Boucher is eventually going to be a defensive beast. He started in the second half (with Len in the first!!!), and by the way he played, he could possibly (should!) start in the first on Sunday against Golden State, after playing one of his best-ever games with 23 points and 3 blocks.
Struggling Norm Powell put in a season-best 22 points, getting a little of his mojo back with one or two of those trademark vicious ninja dunks of his.
Meanwhile Baynes is averging only something like 5 ppg - not enough even for a big. Was sat out tonight. Yeah I guess the Celts don’t miss him.
Sure, they were “eventualy bound to win”, but that they did it in such a resounding fashion was quite satisfying in a reassuring sort of way. This is the team they can be (heh despite the fact that admittedly the Kings couldn’t shoot worth squat after a while and let the D go on a field trip, or somehting.)
Interesting for Kyle to watch that, without him! Heh!