Raptors set franchise scoring record

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, Toronto made 20 three-pointers and the Raptors set a franchise record for scoring while winning for the second time this season, 144-123 over the Sacramento Kings yesterday.

Fred VanVleet scored 34 points to help the Raptors (2-6) snap a three-game losing streak. Toronto’s only other win came on December 31 against the New York Knicks.

Nick Nurse’s team won its seventh straight against the Kings despite being without point guard Kyle Lowry (personal reasons).

That, and the poise the Raptors showed after falling behind by 19 points in the first half, had Nurse beaming afterward.

“When there’s a whole bunch of guys hitting the floor with that level of fight, it kind of snowballs a little bit. It’s contagious,” Nurse said. “There wasn’t a whole lot to hang our heads about other than the start, and we didn’t then.”

Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet during an NBA basketball game in Sacramento. PHOTO: AP

Chris Boucher added 23 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Norman Powell scored 22 points and Terence Davis had 18.

“We did a great job of playing with energy throughout the game, even at the start,” said Powell, who made four 3s.

“We clawed our way back into the game and the guys showed a lot of heart, toughness and togetherness to give us a chance going into that second half.”

De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points and rookie Tyrese Haliburton had 15 points and eight assists for Sacramento.

Toronto outscored Sacramento 33-20 in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors’ previous record for scoring in the regular season was 140 points, last done against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 22, 2019.

Toronto scored 150 points against the Brooklyn Nets on August 23 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.