Pascal Siakam scores 52 as the Raptors end the Knicks’ 8-game winning streak

NY — Pascual I’m sorry scored a career-high 52 points, and the Toronto Raptors snapped the NBA-leading New York Knicks’ eight-game winning streak 113-106 on Wednesday night.

“It’s great,” Siakam said of posting his first 50-point game at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not a big basketball historian. I got into basketball a bit late, but I know how special this building is, and I think the most important thing to me is that my team needed every bucket for us to win, which is the most important thing. for me. .”

Siakam added nine rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes as Toronto snapped its six-game skid. Fred VanVleet scored 28 points and and Anunoby he had 15 as the Raptors won for the fourth time in 16 road games. It was their first win away from home since November 14.

“We just wanted to get a win,” Siakam said. “For us, it just felt good to get a win, and the most important thing is to build on that.”

rj barrett scored 30 points and Julius Randle He finished with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Emmanuel Quickley he added 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in his first start of the season.

“I thought Quickley played a really solid game,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. He is not hesitating. He’s letting it go.”

Toronto led as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter before the Knicks used a 17-5 run to take a one-point lead at 102-101. New York held Siakam to one field goal in the fourth quarter and limited him to nine points in the period.

“It was tough and not unlike a lot of the games we’ve been in here lately,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “We could have pulled back a couple of times in the second half and continued to respond.”

VanVleet picked up the slack specifically for Toronto, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. Toronto closed out the game on a 12-5 run.

The Knicks had allowed an average of 98 points during their winning streak, but had no answer for Siakam, who nearly matched his career high (44 points, three times) by scoring 43 in three quarters. Siakam had 34 total points in the second and third quarters, including Toronto’s last 17 points in a span of seven minutes in the third.

Siakam’s 52 points, tied for the second-most in a game in Raptors history, were the most by an opposing player at Madison Square Garden since james harden he had 61 in 2019. Siakam was coming off a 38-point performance in a 104-101 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Monday; he is the first player in Raptors history to average 45 points over a two-game span.

Siakam scored 26 in the first half, including eight during an 11-0 run in the second quarter that turned a one-point game into a double-digit lead for Toronto. Siakam had 17 of the Raptors’ 35 points in the second and Anunoby had seven points in the second.

“I didn’t think he was that involved in the game offensively, and then he got really involved,” Nurse said of Anunoby.

Barrett kept New York in the game by scoring 19 points in the first half. Despite shooting 53% in the first half, the Knicks had 11 turnovers and trailed by 14 in the first quarter and 10 at halftime.

But New York took the lead with a 13-2 run that was punctuated by two 3-pointers by Quickley.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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