The Raptors got off to an incredible start by hitting their first 10 shots from the floor, but in a game where defence was in short supply, the Kings hung with them offensively all the way until late into the fourth quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins scored six points during a 7-2 run to help Sacramento pull within 110-109 with a minute to play, but Andrea Bargnani drilled a huge three out of a timeout and the Raptors had win number 13 and a seventh straight home victory over the Kings in hand.
The one-two punch of Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan was lethal on Sunday, as they combined to shoot a sizzling 25-for-39 from the floor for 58 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists. It was a balanced, eye-opening performance for the Raptors' top offensive options and lends further proof the their games can mesh and thrive together.
"I think DeMar has got the ability to be aggressive even when Andrea is on the floor and I think they can learn to play well off each other," said Jay Triano. "They had some plays tonight where they could do that."
With Jerryd Bayless back in the mix at point guard, Leandro Barbosa got back to his role as a scorer and turned in an outstanding performance off the bench for Toronto -- chipping in an efficient 18 points on seven-of-11 shooting that included three makes from three-point range.
The Blur was at his best in the final frame, where he added a game-high 11 fourth-quarter points and grabbed a crucial rebound (one of his five on the night) with the Raptors up just four with 43 seconds to play.
"Well I think that even with some of the guys injured and even if they're back we still expect DeMar to be one of our top two options offensively. With more guys out and when Andrea was out for a bit he had to step up a little bit and I think that helped out his overall game. He's starting to come into his own as an offensive player; especially when he can drive the ball to the basket like he did tonight."
- Jay Triano, on DeRozan elevating his play of late
Wed., Jan. 12 vs. Atlanta
7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The Raptors get two days to rest and prepare for Wednesday's visit from the Hawks. The Raps have struggled in this matchup of late, losing seven of their last nine meetings overall. In the first meeting of the season at ACC back on Nov. 28, a disastrous third quarter for Toronto was the difference in a 96-78 defeat. As of Sunday, Atlanta has won four straight and eight of 10 overall.
|64||Points in the paint for the Raptors, a season high|
|3||Consecutive games the Raps have shot .500 or better, a season high|
|4||Games with at least 30 points for Bargnani this season|
|30-19||Fast break points favouring the Kings|
|20||Kings point scored off 16 Raptors turnovers|
|"Just the confidence, that my teammates and coaching staff have the faith in me, getting the ball into my hands and allowing me to create."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on stepping up of late
|"It was a good individual effort and a good team effort that you don’t normally lose. We couldn’t stop Bargnani, DeRozan or Barbosa and to some extent Bayless as well who was beating us off the dribble."|
- Kings head coach Paul Westphal on the loss
|"Offensively, it was good. We didn’t play good defence the whole game. We got better the last five minutes and that’s what got us the win."|
- Andrea Bargnani, on his performance