Raptors slip past Pelicans, 105-101
It was close throughout but when it mattered most, Toronto made the plays it needed in a 105-101 win Sunday over the Pelicans in Canada. The win was the sixth straight for the Raptors.
The Raptors led 27-26 after one quarter and 49-48 at halftime. It was 79-77 going to the fourth quarter.
With 2:26 to play in the game, Herbert Jones nailed a key 3-pointer to take a 99-96 lead but the Pelicans went cold and Toronto went on a 6-0 run to take a 102-99 lead.
Trailing 104-101, Garrett Temple had a chance for the tie but missed a 3-pointer.
Khem Birch put the game away with a free throw with 5.7 seconds left.
The Raptors won the game with second chance points, outscoring New Orleans 24-6 in that department.
Additionally, the Raptors had 15 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Pelicans 46-35.
Brandon Ingram had 22 points while Jonas Valanciunas had an outstanding game with 20 points and 17 rebounds in his return to Toronto to face his original team, the team which drafted him in 2011.
Jones finished with 13 points while Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Devonte Graham each scored 11 points.
Fred Van Vleet scored 32 points while Pascal Siakam had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Siakam was 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Pelicans were without Josh Hart, who did not make the trip to Toronto while Thomas Satoransky missed his fourth straight game due to health and safety protocols.
New Orleans (14-26) will reach the halfway mark of the season Tuesday night when the Pelicans host Minnesota.
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