The Serge Ibaka scored 19 points, while Pascal Siakam added 18, and the “Toronto raptors” beat “Portland trail Blazers” 110-104 in their second exhibition bout a reboot of the NBA to the Walt Disney world bubble.
Matt Thomas 16 points, while Kyle Lowry had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Terence Davis chipped in with 13 points.
C. J. McCollum topped Portland with 21 points, while Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
One negative on the night for Toronto was the loss of Fred VanVleet less than a quarter of the game. He suffered what the team called “slammed” the left knee, but was able to run unevenly on the court and in the locker room on his own.
Trailing Portland for most of the first half, the raptors dug in on the defensive end in the second, and when Lowry and Terence Davis hit back to back three-pointers late in the third quarter, the raptors went up 80-67. They took a 87-75 advantage into the fourth.
Portland was a brief Burst late game, and the defending champion raptors NBA already had the game in hand.
A strong outing for Ibaka
Ibaka had another strong outing, shooting 5 for 9 from the field and looking at the regular season feisty form in a brief scuffle with Nurkic. His 18 points two nights earlier in a victory over Houston topped Toronto in scoring.
The game was a chance to see the slimmed-down Marc Gasol, who did not play in the first scrimmage, as the nurse removes the big guy back into action. He had three points and four rebounds in nine minutes.
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A 35-year-old missed 28 games before the pandemic season with a nagging hamstring injury, and chalked it up to Toronto long term in the NBA finals, and then at the world Cup in China — Gasol was a key member of the victorious Spanish team. He left four-month break, the intent on fixing problems that caused his hamstring woes, and bent his overall fitness was a big part of this.
The nurse, wearing a “coaches for racial justice” contact and went with the Jumbo lineup, he just talked, beginning as Ibaka and Gasol.
Portland nurse gave the predators a chance to see a large range in Hassan Whiteside and Nurkic, who’d missed all 66 games in Portland before the break after suffering a terrible broken leg last spring.
Portland is one of five teams in the Western conference that are within six games of the eighth seed.
The raptors beat Houston 94-83 on Friday in a game that featured 10-minute quarters, to help players get back in the game after unprecedented layoffs. Saturday’s game was back to 12 minutes per quarter.
The predators play at Phoenix on Tuesday in the final test match, the predators begin their defense is a joke on Saturday when they battle the Los Angeles Lakers in the first eight seeding-round games.
Fights present unique challenges
Finally back on the court more than four months after COVID-19 shut down the League on March 11, clashes continue to pose unique challenges. The nurse said that it’s hard to call a play, or direct his players — his voice also carries a Quiet fanless arena. And officials had to warn the benches of both teams on Sunday, as their criticism of referees, can also be clearly heard.
The first predators’ seven shots were three-pointers, and hit just two of them, as Portland led for much of the first quarter, which ended in a 25-25 tie.
Ibaka hit three late in the second quarter to give the raptors by one point, but they trailed 54-49 at the break.
Patrick McCaw was sitting in the game with an undisclosed injury.
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