Two seasons ago, the Toronto Raptors was also the Champion. Currently, they are one of the three bottoms three teams in the Eastern NBA group.
The Toronto Raptors enter their third away game this season in hopes of improving performance. They have lost 3 in their first 4 matches since transferring their temporary residence permit to the US. However, the trip to New Orleans only brought disappointment for teachers and students, Nick Nurse.
Encountering the New Orleans Pelicans, the guests were defeated in the battle under the basket. Statistics show that the home team has 51 rebounds in this match, while the Raptors have only 39 times to catch the ball.
Besides, Toronto did not take advantage of the opponent’s losing ball. Their Turnover score is just 10, while the opponents have 19 points, despite the Raptors losing less ball (9 vs. 13).
In this match, neither side goes too far. The biggest difference the Toronto Raptors made was only 10, while that number on the home side was only 12. That 12-point gap appeared when Josh Hart successfully executed 2 free throws, helping New Orleans Pelicans 101-89 lead at the beginning of the 4th half.
Raptors (black shirt) lost all 3 away matches this season
However, victory did not come so easily for Portugal. OG Anunoby has 3 consecutive successful finishes, setting the stage for a 12-1 scorestreak for the Toronto Raptors. The visitors took a lead of 111-110 when the match had only 3 minutes left.
But their lead was blocked by nearly 120 seconds. Ingram equalized the score before Eric Bledsoe delivered an important 3-point shot to help the home team to lead 116-113 by the time the game was only 40 seconds away. The Pelicans kept their advantage, winning the final 120-116.
Fred VanVleet leads the Raptors scoring list with 27 points. Chris Boucher contributed 24 points from the bench. Four other Raptors players scored at least 10 points in this match. On the other side of the line, Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, Zion Williamson had 21 points, and Steven Adams reached a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The hero of the Pelicans, Bledsoe scored 19 points, 10 assists.