PHOENIX (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 33 points, Kyle Lowry added 28 and the Toronto Raptors rallied in the second half for a 123-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak, which was tied for its longest of the season. Norman Powell added 26 points while Chris Boucher gave the Raptors crucial production off the bench, finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Boucher scored 19 of the team’s 20 bench points.
“He played great tonight,” Siakam said. “Big buckets at the end of the game, a couple of threes, that’s what we need from him.”
Toronto trailed by seven at halftime but pushed to an 87-86 lead going into the fourth quarter after Siakam scored 12 in the third. Siakam finished 12 of 20 from the field and had seven rebounds.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the game changed when his team played better defence. The Raptors gave up 39 points in the first quarter but held the Suns to 46 in the entire second half.
“I had enough of that and kind of tried to rally the troops there to start the second quarter — we’re not going to play this way,” Nurse said. “They responded and played great. I thought the defence was really good for most of that quarter and then the second half.”
The Suns have lost four straight games. They pulled within 114-113 with 2:22 remaining but Boucher responded with a three-pointer and the Raptors pulled away. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 22 points while rookie Cameron Johnson had a career-high 21.
Suns coach Monty Williams said he was pleased with his team’s effort even in a loss.
“I hate the result — it will have me up late tonight,” Williams said. “But I cannot be frustrated at all about the approach this morning, the focus on the floor.”