Toronto and Memphis home masters in the NBA

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Toronto and Memphis home masters in the NBA

Toronto and Memphis continued their good start to the season by winning at home Sunday against Chicago (113-104) and Washington (103-97).

Deprived of their leader Pascal Siakam (adductors), the Raptors made the difference in the fourth quarter, carried by the back Fred VanVleet, author of his best game of the year (30 points, 11 assists) and return to action after missing three games due to a back injury. Cameroonian interior Christian Koloko (2.13m, 22 years old), drafted in the second round last June when he left Arizona, had a full game with six blocks, seven rebounds and eleven points.

The Canadian franchise players contained former Raptors DeMar DeRozan well, limited to nine shots in total (seven successes) for twenty points. Nikola Vucevic secured a double-double for Chicago (18 points, 12 rebounds) which was playing without Zach LaVine (rest), its second offensive force. The Bulls lost 17 fly balls which led to 23 points from Toronto.

Memphis goes on

Memphis has chained a third success in a row and a seventh in ten games to maintain third place in the Western Conference. The back duo of Ja Morant (23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists) and Desmond Bane (28 points) accelerated in the fourth quarter to put the Wizards out of reach.

Washington was deprived of its strong man Bradley Beal, placed in solitary confinement as part of the health protocol linked to Covid-19. But the team from the US capital, heavily beaten in the previous match against Brooklyn (86-128), had the merit of coming back to score after the break (43-59) by going 19-0 while they was led by 23 units in the second quarter. And even to briefly take control (87-85) before yielding in the last six minutes against the Grizzlies defense.

The Wizards were weighed down by a mediocre long-range address (8 of 41). Monte Morris (18 points) lacked support, notably from Kristaps Porzingis who missed on offense (10 points, 3 of 13 on shots, including 1 of 6 from three points) and Kyle Kuzma (12 points from 5 of 14 shooting, 2 of 9 three-pointers, 11 rebounds).

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