Mon, 06 Feb 2023

TORONTO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Toronto Raptors improved their home record to 9-2 after a 121-108 win over the Orlando Magic in Saturday evening's NBA match at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have the fifth-best record at home behind the Warriors (11-1), the Cavaliers (10-1), the Suns (12-2), and the Celtics (11-2).

Toronto had an efficient night, shooting a season-best 56 percent from the field and 31 assists. The Raptors led by double-digits from the second quarter onwards, including 33 in the middle of the third quarter.

Forward O.G. Anunoby led the way with a season-high tying 32 points. The 25-year-old continues to roll on offense where he had scored 20 or more points in 10 of his last 15 games.

The Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was elated at the team's bounce-back effort after consecutive losses to the Pelicans and the Nets.

"When we're having some struggles, energy is a big thing," said Nurse after the win. "When we don't have it, we're going to look ordinary. When we do have it, we look really good."

Forwards Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes also had strong performances with double-double efforts.

Siakam had a well-rounded 24 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds for his team-leading eighth double-double of the season. Barnes grabbed a season-best 14 rebounds to go along with 17 points for his fifth double-double of the season.

Toronto will look to improve on their 12-11 overall record as 14 of their next 20 games will be at Scotiabank Arena.

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