The Toronto Raptors emerged victorious against the Phoenix Suns, ending their seven-game winning streak with a 112-105 win. The game saw standout performances from Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, pushing the Raptors to a much-needed victory.
Barnes and Siakam Lead Raptors to Victory
Scottie Barnes was a key player for Toronto, especially in the final quarter, scoring 12 of his 23 points. His performance, combined with Pascal Siakam's 22 points, was instrumental in the Raptors' win.
Barnes' ability to escalate his game in the fourth quarter, where he made four field goals, was a significant factor in turning the tide for Toronto. “Scottie Barnes is a winner,” Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic said.
“When you coach him, you just feel that energy, you feel him on the bench the way he’s energizing the whole team”. The Suns' star player Kevin Durant, despite scoring 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and continuing his streak of scoring 30 or more points in six straight games, couldn't steer his team to victory.
Durant's effort was somewhat hampered by his shooting performance, making only 11 of 30 attempts and shooting 2 for 8 from beyond the arc. “I don’t feel like I’m ever out of rhythm,” Durant commented.
“I just missed shots”.
Suns' Streak Ends, Raptors Show Resilience
The Suns faced challenges, particularly with Devin Booker, who had only eight points for the night. Booker, who had previously led his team to victory against New York with a last-second 3-pointer, missed a crucial 3-point attempt in the game's final moments.
“I knew that one was left a bit,” Booker said regarding the missed shot. His evening was further complicated by a minor injury after stepping on Dennis Schroder’s foot, although he managed to return to the game.
Despite the Suns outscoring Toronto in second-chance points, they struggled with their 3-point shooting, matching their season-low in made 3-pointers. Phoenix coach Frank Vogel commented on Booker's condition and the team's performance, “We’ll see how it responds overnight.
You never know with ankles”. The Raptors showed remarkable resilience, bouncing back from a loss at Brooklyn and dealing with travel delays. Schroder contributed a season-high 12 assists, while Precious Achiuwa, Jakob Poeltl, O.G. Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr. delivered crucial performances, demonstrating the team's depth and determination.