With its nine-point win over Sacramento, Toronto closed out its four-game West Coast trip with a flawless record of 4-0 to advance to a league-best 11-1 record on the season. "I'm not at 100%, but I'm healthy" he said after the game with the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors achieved that perfection winning two of those four games without the services of Kawhi Leonard, who jammed his foot at the tail end of that first game in Phoenix and missed the middle two games before returning for the finale last night.
After taking a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, a De'Aaron Fox floater with five minutes or so left in the game cut the Raptors' lead to 106-99. And Leonard did his part, putting up 25 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in the win. In the half court, Sacramento double teamed and crowded Kawhi Leonard's space.
The Raptors pulled away against the Kings despite 23 turnovers. They're now tied with the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the National Basketball Association at 10-1. "With me not even knowing some of the offense, we have Kyle in the game most of the time".
"I feel like once I start learning the offence I could even give him a little break and let him get some easier shots even though he's playing well". "I don't really know the offense in and out yet".
Leonard sat out the previous two games and got off to a sluggish start early against the Kings before helping Toronto pull away. "They sent lots of bodies to him, which was good for us to see".
Twice, once in the third and again with just under five minutes to go, the Kings got the deficit down to seven only to see that number swell again each time following a Raptors' timeout.
Although the game got off to a shaky start, the Raptors benefitted from contributions across the board to earn a road win over a much-improved young team in the Kings.
The franchise has infamously drafted as poorly as any in the last decade but struck gold with 2017 fifth-overall pick Fox, who scored 20 points against the Raptors and looks like he'll be a mainstay in the Kings' backcourt for years.
Although he failed to extend his double-digit assist streak to 10 games, registering a measly eight assists on Wednesday, he continues to put his teammates in excellent positions to score. Siakam scored 13 points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting. Norman Powell was held out because of a left shoulder injury sustained Monday against Utah. Up next, they host the New York Knicks on Saturday night.