Siakam lifts Raptors over Suns, Injured Embiid shines for Sixers

Heather Diaz
January 20, 2019

With Kawhi Leonard resting for the second game of a back-to-back, Toronto coach Nick Nurse elected to put the ball in Siakam's hands with 13 seconds left in a 109-109 tie with the Phoenix Suns.

There was a basketball in his locker, however.

While Suns players can not take the law into their own hands, and certainly in this case Jackson hurt his team by not only giving Boucher the automatic free throw, but by also getting himself ejected, one of the team's better defenders, this move was still a sign of something that Suns fans haven't really seen enough of, and that is a true fire and desire to win.

On Thursday, Phoenix actually drew six more personal fouls than Toronto (27-21) and shot 11 more free throws (36-25).

The Raptors lead 32-20 at the end of the first quarter, shooting four-of-nine from three-point range.

Siakam's basket, which was upheld by a video review, bounced off the backboard and went in after Suns' Mikal Bridges had tied it 109-109 with 13 seconds to go. But teams like us, we just don't for some reason. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans. Devin Booker has been leading the team with 24.3 points and 6.9 assists per game while Deandre Ayton is adding 16.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest. The Suns led 78-77 after the third quarter. The Raptors shot 7-for-22 in the third.

The Suns won both meetings in 2013-14, 106-97 in Phoenix and 121-113 in Toronto. He got it in the fourth quarter dishing to Ibaka for a bucket.

"I watch All-Star guys get the benefit of the doubt every night", Jackson said. "I'll look back on this when I retire". He's one of 10 active players to reach the mark.

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Miles had been listed as questionable with a sore hip but was able to play.

Miles season has taken a nosedive to the point of being left out of the rotation in recent weeks, which is frustrating. Toronto is 33-13 on the season, 18-4 at home, 20-26 against the spread and 28-18 with the over.

Lowry and the bench forced the Raptors back ahead early in the fourth quarter, the big moment of the game was attributed to Josh Jackson whose reckless push on Chris Boucher saw himself ejected, and rightly so.

Toronto has not lost on consecutive days since December 26-27, 2017 (at Dallas and Oklahoma City).

The Raptors are an NBA-best 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

The Suns opened a four-game road trip with a 133-97 defeat in IN on Tuesday in a game that saw the Pacers lead by 37 at one point.

The Suns are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games playing on 1 day of rest.

Patrick McCaw, signed a free agent January 10, made his Raptors debut off the bench in the second quarter. -Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, commander of the Canadian Army.

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