Raptors lose to Suns in preseason

basketball: - 29-07-20

(Lake Buena Vista) Pascal Siakam had 17 points, but the Toronto Raptors concluded their preseason games losing 117-106 to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.


Toronto had beaten Houston and Portland, before losing to the Suns.

Norman Powell had 14 points, one more than Fred VanVleet. The latter was back after missing the majority of Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, bored to the knee.

Kyle Lowry had 11 points, while Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka provided nine rebounds each.


Montrealer Chris Boucher had six points, four rebounds, one block and one steal.

In the Suns, Mikal Bridges shone with 26 points, four more than Ricky Rubio.

Phoenix has the most modest record of the teams taking part in the revival (26-39).

The Raptors (46-18) will start the classification games on Saturday night, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Suns were leading 66-60 at the half.

Toronto took the lead for the first time midway through the third quarter: 73-72, thanks to a three-point shot from Gasol. But the Suns quickly took control, seizing a priority of nine points, then 16 points.

Nick Nurse turned to the reservists, and the Raptors haven't really taken the lead.

“We didn't play very inspired,” said Nurse. You could see it transitioning in defense - hurting opposing shooters, covering your man well, things like that. But it's the type of game you can leave behind quite easily. "

Powell didn't mind either.

“We will definitely talk about it and see what needs to be fixed, but we have to keep things in perspective,” he said. Let's take this game for what it is and look ahead. It's Saturday that it starts for real. Let’s prepare accordingly. "