Grizzlies hand Raptors third straight loss

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TORONTO – Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 25 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-91 win over the Raptors on Tuesday, giving Toronto a third consecutive loss.

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Pascal Siakam had 20 points at the top of the Raptors, which fell 2-8 at home, missing several key players, including Ozzy Anunobi. Toronto (9-13) have won just three times in their last 13 matches.

Scotty Barnes had 19 points, while Fred Van Vleet finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, and Utah Watanabe had 15 points on the second night of the Raptors’ season-long seven-game homestand.

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Dillon Brooks of Mississauga, Ontario, took the lead with 17 points for Memphis (11-10).

Six nights ago in Memphis, the Raptors rallied in the second half to beat the Grizzlies 13.

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The heroes who played late on Tuesday were not, however.

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The Raptor had a bad start. They fell behind by 17 points in the first half. His crime was running like mud.

He eventually showed some life in the third quarter, pulling within a point with a 14-2 run that was punctuated by a steal by Barnes. Raptors rookie slowed down and looked behind Memphis big man Steven Adams before scoring.

Barnes’ taunt prompted former Raptors-turned-analyst Alvin Williams to say on the broadcast: “Scotty has to stop doing this. It was a good game, but you have to attack.”

When Siakam picked up his fifth foul with 1:31 in the third, Chris Boucher, who had recently been planted at the end of the bench, scored on a dunk on the buzzer to send Tonto into the fourth trailing 70-67 and scored. ,

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His pace faded in the fourth though, and when Brooks scored a 27-footer with 8:01 to play, Memphis fell behind by 11.

The Raptors rallied again, and Barnes had a pair of three-pointers 12 seconds apart, with 19.5 seconds left to make it a four-point game, but Brooks all but combined on a pair of free throws. , but won for the visitors.

Injuries continue to rage in Toronto. Anunobi sat out for the seventh game in a row with a hip injury, while the Raptors were also missing Gary Trent Jr. (calf), Khem Birch (knee) and Goran Dragic (personal leave).

The Grizzlies were missing star guard Jay Morant, who is expected to be out for several weeks with a sprained left knee.

The Raptors could not produce anything on the offensive end in the first half, shooting 4-for-19 from three-point range. He made just eight shots in the first quarter, while collecting 10 points on five turnovers. They trailed 27-18 in second place.

Adams’ layup capped an 11–0 run, which put the Grizzlies in the middle of the second through 17 points, leading to a blazing pounce from the Scotiabank Arena crowd. Going to halftime the Raptors broke up 50-39.

His 39 points in the first half were almost season-low – he scored just 37 on the opening night against Washington.

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At “Canada Basketball Night”, the Raptors honored former players Miranda Aim, Brady Heslip, Jevon Shepherd and Joel Anthony, and ex-Raptors and Canada boss Glenn Grunwald.

The Raptors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 30, 2021.

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