Kawhi Leonard scores 31, Raptors rout Pelicans

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “We take a lot of pride in being good with our unit and so we know that the second unit in the last two games has been far from that,” Lin said. “Tonight, we wanted to make sure we put a stamp on the game in a positive direction.”UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Miami on Sunday for the second of three straight road games.Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just had to get our defense into the game a little bit more.”Frank Jackson scored 20 points for the Pelicans, who’ve lost two straight. Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cheick Diallo had 16 points and 12 boards for New Orleans.Leonard met little resistance in the paint. While he missed four of five 3-point attempts, he was 13 of 15 from closer range. He threw down a handful of dunks on drives or cuts and mixed in a finger roll and reverse layup.“He used his strength a lot tonight,” Lowry said. “He got to his spots really well.”Toronto shot 54.1 percent (53 for 98), scoring 66 points in the paint and a season-high 53 on fast breaks.ADVERTISEMENT Leonard scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a 127-104 victory over undermanned New Orleans on Friday night.“I got a lot of buckets in transition, easy layups, even wide-open shots, and that probably got me going a little bit,” Leonard said. “Tonight was just my night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPascal Siakam scored 19 and Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who began to pull away late in the third quarter and cruised from there.“We weren’t forcing our will on the game as much as we should have in the first half,” Lowry said. “They played well in the first half and we figured it out. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We know they can run, but we like to run, too,” Lowry said. “We got some easy buckets out of it.”Holiday, the Pelicans’ second-leading scorer, was ruled out Thursday because of an abdomen strain that is expected to sideline him at least a week. On Friday, the Pelicans first announced that swing player E’Twaun Moore also would miss at least a week because he’d reinjured his left quadriceps, and then that Davis would sit out against the Raptors with back spasms. The Pelicans’ front court got even thinner when Jahlil Okafor went out with a left ankle sprain after halftime.Still, New Orleans kept the game competitive until late in the third quarter, when Danny Green hit consecutive 3s during a 9-0 run that widened Toronto’s lead to 88-75.“I still think that we competed and to me, that’s the most important thing. I don’t really care who we put out there,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just ran into a situation in the middle of the third quarter where they had guys to go to and we missed a couple of layups, missed a couple of open 3s and that’s where they got the separation.”When Jeremy Lin and Lowry hit consecutive 3s in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Raptors’ lead had grown to 21 and fans started making their way toward the exits.TIP-INSRaptors: Lin scored 14 points and Green had 13, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range. … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Toronto was 13 of 37 on 3-pointers (35.1 percent).Pelicans: Elfird Payton scored 13 points, Ian Clark scored 11 and Darius Miller 10. … F Solomon Hill played for the first time since Feb. 4 after not getting any playing time in New Orleans’ previous 13 games. Hill played 12 minutes, scoring his only points on a 3-pointer to go with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.BETTER BENCHWith Lin and Ibaka leading the way, Raptors reserves combined for 47 points, a sharp increase in production from their recent losses to Detroit and Houston. MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Kawhi Leonard was bound to have a big night.New Orleans was without its best on-the-ball defender in Jrue Holiday and best rim protector in Anthony Davis. Those absences gave Leonard an opportunity to use the Pelicans’ up-tempo pace against them by going strong to the basket early and often.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img

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