Toronto Raptors dominate Brooklyn nets 121-93 behind strong starters

82

23rd February 2024 – (Toronto) The Toronto Raptors came out victorious on Thursday night with a commanding 121-93 win against the Brooklyn Nets as the NBA regular season resumed after the All-Star weekend. The Raptors’ starters outscored their Nets counterparts by an impressive margin of 87-51.

Guard Gary Trent Jr. led the charge for the Raptors, delivering an outstanding performance with a game-high 25 points, including five three-pointers. Joining him in the backcourt, Immanuel Quickley also made his mark by sinking five three-pointers of his own, finishing the game with 24 points. Quickley’s achievement of hitting at least one three-pointer in 27 consecutive games matches his career-high record.

Forward Scottie Barnes, who recently participated in the All-Star game in Indianapolis, continued to shine in his standout season. He contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds, securing his team-leading 22nd double-double of the season. Barnes, at just 22 years old, is experiencing career-high averages in points (20.1), rebounds (8.1), and assists (6.0) in his third season in the league.

The Raptors showcased their defensive prowess as well, forcing the Nets into committing 20 turnovers, which resulted in a season-best 46 fast break points for Toronto.

Raptors head coach Darko Rajokovic expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting their hard work during practice and their ability to communicate effectively on the court. He sees this victory as a step in the right direction for the team.

Notably, the Raptors held the Nets to a season-low 93 points, making it the fewest points scored by any opponent this season. This win marks the Raptors’ fourth victory by a margin of 20 or more points.

With this triumph, the Raptors improve their season record to 20-36, breaking a three-game losing streak. Currently positioned 12th in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have their sights set on the play-in tournament for seeds seven to ten. With 25 games remaining in the season, they trail the 11th seed Nets (21-34) by 1.5 games and the 10th seed Hawks (24-31) by 4.5 games.