The Toronto Raptors came out empty for the third time in their last four games, losing to the Sacramento Kings 94-104, getting swept in the season series.
It was nothing but a disappointment tonight for the Raptors as they took on the Kings. Right from the get-go the Kings toppled on-top of the Raptors with a 7-0 run out of the gates. The Kings at one point led by as many as 22. As expected the Raptors made their run cutting the deficit to 7 at half-time. Every run the Raptors would have, the Kings would answer with a big shot to shift the momentum back into their favour.
The officiating in this game was “questionable” to say the least. Kyle Lowry was ejected early in third quarter arguing over a call and the Raptors comeback hopes went
down the drain.
Offensively the Raptors were dysfunctional for most of the night. Shooting 37.2 percent from the field against the Kings is not acceptable. On the bright side, DeMar DeRozan continued his dominance dropping a game-high 28 points and 7 rebounds on 6-12 shooting. Patrick Patterson was a pleasant surprise off the bench nailing four three’s, finishing with 18 points. The Raptors offense didn’t look the same with Lowry absent.
The Raptors couldn’t have looked more awful on the defensive end like they did tonight. They allowed the Kings to shoot 52.6 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Whatever the Kings wanted to do offensively, they got done. The Kings also had six players in double-figures. Classic Rajon Rondo was present tonight, orchestrating some terrific plays, pouring in 19 points and 13 assists in 39 minutes of action.
Probably the only thing the Raptors excelled at in this contest was at the rebounding battle. 37-36 in favour of the Kings but the Raptors managed to grab 13 offensive rebounds, allowing the Kings to just 5. Bismack Biyombo was huge on the glass tonight for the Raptors as he collected 13 on the night. Bismack is averaging 13.6 rebounds in his last 5 games.
Game Ball: Rajon Rondo
Rondo was phenomenal in this matchup dishing out a game-high 13 assists while also shooting 8-13 from the field for 19 points. The way Rondo is able to see the floor is ridiculously amazing. Rondo continues to lead the league in assists with 11.1 a game.