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Raptors Rally, Snap Three-Game Skid by Beating Suns 123-114 (Full Highlights)

March 4, 2020

PHOENIX — Pascal Siakam scored 33 points, Kyle Lowry added 28 and the Toronto Raptors rallied in the second half for a 123-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak, which was tied for its longest of the season. Norman Powell added 26 points while Chris Boucher gave the Raptors crucial production off the bench, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Boucher scored 19 of the team’s 20 bench points.

“He played great tonight,” Siakam said. “Big buckets at the end of the game, a couple of 3s, that’s what we need from him.”

Toronto trailed by seven at halftime but pushed to an 87-86 lead going into the fourth quarter after Siakam scored 12 in the third. Siakam finished 12 of 20 from the field and had seven rebounds.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the game changed when his team played better defense. The Raptors gave up 39 points in the first quarter but held the Suns to 46 in the entire second half.

“I had enough of that and kind of tried to rally the troops there to start the second quarter — we’re not going to play this way,” Nurse said. “They responded and played great. I thought the defense was really good for most of that quarter and then the second half.”

The Suns have lost four straight games. They pulled within 114-113 with 2:22 remaining but Boucher responded with a 3-pointer and the Raptors pulled away. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 22 points while rookie Cameron Johnson had a career-high 21.

Suns coach Monty Williams said he was pleased with his team’s effort even in a loss.

“I hate the result — it will have me up late tonight,” Williams said. “But I cannot be frustrated at all about the approach this morning, the focus on the floor. Defensively we were locked in, we moved the ball early, we played hard.”

The Raptors trailed by 17 points at one point during the second quarter, but rallied to pull within 68-61 at halftime. Siakam scored 16 for the Raptors before the break. Dario Saric had 13 for the Suns in the first half and finished with 16.

“You have to give them credit,” Suns guard Ricky Rubio said. “We were up at the half and they didn’t quit and kept coming.”

LOWRY LEAVES, RETURNS

Lowry took a shot to his left eye and missed an eight-minute chunk of the first half before returning.

The Raptors point guard was having a good first quarter before the injury, scoring 12 points. He was among three Raptors trying to stop Suns forward Dario Saric from making a layup when teammate Terence Davis’ hand inadvertently smacked Lowry in the eye.

Lowry went back to the locker room with a towel over the injury before returning.

OUBRE OUT

The Suns announced before the game that Kelly Oubre Jr. had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss at least four weeks.

The 6-foot-7 Oubre is averaging 18.7 points, which ranks third on the team. Phoenix has lost all four games since Oubre’s injury and is quickly falling out of the Western Conference playoff race.

“I think it did emotionally probably brought us down a couple notches,” Williams said before the game. “It probably sounds a bit weak to admit it, but it’s just a reality. You finally get your team close to whole and then you lose Kelly. The guys have probably struggled with it more than they want to admit.”

TIP-INS

Raptors: F/C Serge Ibaka, G Fred VanVleet and C Marc Gasol all were out with injuries. Ibaka has a sore right knee, VanVleet has a sore left shoulder and Gasol has a tight left hamstring. Combined, they’re averaging about 41 points per game.

Suns: Deandre Ayton left the game late in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury. The second-year player finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Continue their road trip against Golden State on Thursday night.

Suns: Host Portland on Friday night.

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