Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors erased a Memphis Grizzlies 17-point lead on Monday night to win 122-114.
Kyle Lowry lead Raptors scoring with 24 points, Kawhi Leonard recorded another double-double by scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Fred VanVleet went perfect from the field, going 6-6, making three three-pointers, scoring 18 points total.
Marc Gasol lead Memphis scoring with 27 points, Mike Conley scored 20.
There was a familiar face on the Memphis bench as Jerry Stackhouse left his position as head coach at the Raptors G-League affiliate, Raptors 905. Stackhouse led the 905 to two consecutive finals, winning the first in the 2016-17 season, and losing the second. Stackhouse is now an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.
The Raptors bench scored 41 bench points, with 20 of those coming in the fourth quarter. C.J. Miles is getting back into his groove, but VanVleet was feeling it on the night.
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have formed a good partnership so far, as they know each other’s strengths, and where to find each other on the offensive end.
The Grizzlies play the slowest basketball in the league, as they are ranked 30th in the league in terms of pace of play. The Raptors had trouble with that, but dug themselves out of a hole and came away with their 18th win of the season.
The Toronto Raptors take on the reigning NBA champions in the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. The Warriors will be a weakened side as they will be without Steph Curry, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, and former Raptor Alfonzo McKinnie. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.
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