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Siakam-led Raptors end NBA-leading Knicks 8-game winning streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 52 points and the Toronto Raptors ended the New York Knicks’ eight-game winning streak to lead the NBA 113-106 on Wednesday night.

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

RJ Barrett scored with 30 points and Julius Randle finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley added 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in his first start of the season.

Toronto led by a whopping 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 a field goal in the fourth quarter and held him to nine points in the period.

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But VanVleet took over for Toronto, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring 10 points. Toronto closed the game on a 12-5 streak.

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

Siakam scored 26 goals in the first half, including eight in an 11-0 second-quarter streak 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 of 11 in the second.

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

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But New York stormed out the door in the third quarter, taking the lead with a 13-2 run that was marked by Quickley’s two 3-pointers.

TIPS

The NBA announced it had docked the Knicks a second-round pick in the 2025 NBA Draft after “finding that they had entered into free agency talks involving Jalen Brunson prior to the date such talks were allowed. ”. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau declined to comment on the matter. … Toronto guard Gary Trent, Jr. (quadruple) and center Khem Birch (non-COVID illness) did not play. Trent missed his fourth straight game. … New York goaltender Quentin Grimes (ankle) missed his first game since Nov. 16 after suffering an injury against Golden State on Tuesday.

FOLLOWING:

Toronto: In Cleveland on Friday.

New York: Chicago host Friday.

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Source : BBN WORLD NEWS

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