Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors returned to their home crowd on Saturday afternoon and defeated the New York Knicks by a score of 128-112.
Pascal Siakam led Raptors scoring with 23 points, the bench continued to play their part with contributions from Jonas Valanciunas who recorded another double double by scoring 19 points and collecting 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored 16, and Delon Wright scored 12. Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka had quiet nights as both scored 12 points.
Tim Hardaway Jr. did his best to carry his team by scoring 27 points. Enes Kanter scored 15 points and grabbed 15 boards in just 20 minutes, and Mario Hezonja scored 13.
Although it’s early, the Raptors have multiple players that should be considered for awards at the end of the season. If Jonas Valanciunas continues to come off the bench, people can make a case for him being Sixth Man of the Year. Arguments can also be made for OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam for Most Improved player of the Year, especially Siakam as he has seen his minutes increase drastically compared to last season.
The bench mob has changed personnel a bit, but the goal remains the same for everybody.
A milestone was accomplished for Danny Green during this game, as he has now made 1000 career 3-pointers.
Even though OG Anunoby’s role has switched from starter to bench player on most nights, the productivity is still there without question.
Toronto continues their home stand on Monday night as they take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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