In a 119-118 win over the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors extended their win streak to 14 games. Meanwhile, Buddy Hield scored 31 points and hit nine three-pointers in a 122-102 win.
Even with the departure of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have made winning basketball games a regular occurrence. After a thrilling victory over the Nets, the Raptors have extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games.
In the game, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points, while Pascal Siakam scored 20 points. Siakam, averaging 23.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, is a first-time All-Star this season and showing the NBA world why Leonard didn’t carry this team through last postseason.
Although Leonard is arguably the best two-way player in the league, the Raptors are a complete team with depth throughout the entire roster. Kyle Lowry is doing his usual stuff, as Siakam has replaced the void left by Leonard and VanVleet embraced the second option role. This is a team that can contend in the Eastern Conference, especially with their versatile big men who can meet Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim.
If the Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Finals, that would be the greatest revenge story ever told.
In the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings picked up a much-needed victory when Hield scored 31 points, which included nine three-pointers. Hield only attempted 10, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to shoot 90% or better from three while having at least 10 attempts.
The San Antonio Spurs are a trash this season (that might be an insult to trash), so the victory isn’t as impressive. What’s even less impressive is the Kings record. At 21-31, they are five games behind the eight seed, which is owned by the Memphis Grizzlies; led by a rookie point guard.
More consistency from Hield and Harrison Barnes is needed from this young Kings core.