TORONTO — OG Anunoby scored 8 of the Toronto Raptors’ last dozen factors on Saturday, all but solitary-handedly wrestling the gain out of the Mavericks’ clutches.
“He wished ’em to go in so bad, he began seeking people kinds in,” mentor Nick Nurse stated of Anunoby’s late baskets.
Anunoby completed with 26 factors and nine rebounds — and played great protection on Luka Doncic — even though Fred VanVleet bounced again from an ailment to score 26 factors, and the depleted Raptors defeat Dallas 105-100 on Saturday.
“I believe (Anunoby) is gonna snooze very well tonight, he was at a good deal of minutes (43), a great deal of operate,” Nurse explained. “It was very good to let him go toe-to-toe with just one of the league’s ideal and very good that he could make the plays at the other stop, at the identical time.”
Doncic led the Mavericks (9-9) with 24 points, nine assists and 7 rebounds.
Chris Boucher concluded with 22 points, which includes a massive basket in the dying seconds, for Toronto (10-9). Juancho Hernangomez scored 10 points.
If there is certainly a silver lining to the absence of Raptors all-star Pascal Siakam (strained adductor), it’s the emergence of Anunoby as 1 of the team’s most trusted players.
“He’s been form of our most important guy for the very last week, two months and we are going to need him to have that very same aggressiveness even when Pascal receives back again so it provides us different threats,” VanVleet explained. “I just appreciate his method to the recreation and just laying every thing out there on the line.
“He’s coming in early performing on his video game. He’s been a comprehensive professional this 12 months and I’m just happy of him and how considerably he is arrive as a player.”
He is also common between opponents evidently. Doncic inadvertently sent Anunoby sprawling beneath the net on a person play, then attained out a hand to tug him again on to his feet.
“I assume (Anunoby) is in all probability one of the nicest dudes in the league,” Doncic explained. “He under no circumstances talks trash, he by no means does just about anything. I tripped him, not on function, so that’s why I aided him up.”
Anunoby, on hearing Doncic’s remarks, replied: “He’s 1 of the nicest fellas in the league, much too. He does not trash talk, possibly.
The Raptors have been slammed by accidents and ailment. They commenced their 10th distinct lineup on Saturday in 19 online games. VanVleet experienced missed a few of the past 5 video games with a non-COVID health issues. The Raptors stay with out Siakam, Scottie Barnes (knee sprain), Important Achiuwa (ankle sprain), Dalano Banton (ankle sprain), Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe), and Justin Champagnie (again soreness).
And they looked like they have been in for a lengthy evening just after a awful start out Saturday. But they clawed their way back, getting their first direct early in the second quarter, and ended up up by as a lot of as 11 factors late in the 3rd. Anunoby and VanVleet put together for 16 points in the 3rd and Toronto led 81–73 to start off the fourth.
Dallas reclaimed the direct, but when Boucher threw down a just one-handed alley-oop dunk from VanVleet with 6:57 to perform, the basket put Toronto up 90–85.
Anunoby scored six straight factors to set the Raptors up by a issue just before Boucher was fouled on a jumper with 31.4 seconds to engage in, falling to the ground. The Montreal indigenous waved his arms up and down for the Scotiabank Arena admirers — who were being on their feet — to cheer. They delightedly obliged.
“The group in Toronto is a distinctive matter and when you can get them associated in the match, it feels like a sixth participant,” Boucher stated. “so I just desired to show them that we’re pleased that they’re there and they are cheering us on.”
Doncic replied with a jumper, then Thaddeus Younger strike two free of charge throws for a three-stage Toronto direct with 16.6 seconds to enjoy. Dorian Finney-Smith tossed an errant go with 5. seconds left straight into the fingers of Youthful, and that was the video game.
Anunoby will take pleasure in guarding the league’s most effective, summing up his night of hounding Doncic as: “You just have to remain on superior alert, understanding the ball is going to him, understanding that you might be almost certainly gonna get screened, you have to fight around. It will take a lot of concentrate.
The Raptors stumbled out to a horrible get started and trailed by 15 details halfway by means of the very first quarter. The Mavs were being so dominant that Dwight Powell stopped to tie his shoe for an total Dallas possession and the Mavs however scored on it.
Boucher presented a major spark off the bench with 10 factors and 6 rebounds, and the Raptors shut the 1st with a 17-7 run and trailed just 29-24 to start the next.
Toronto ongoing to take in absent at the deficit and Boucher’s floater 1:09 into the second half gave the Raptors their 1st direct. Anunoby transformed a a few-position perform 57 seconds ahead of halftime putting Toronto up by seven, and the Raptors led 54–52 at the break.
Fantastic Person POWELL: Raptors coach Nick Nurse experienced type phrases for Toronto indigenous Dwight Powell, who he’s coached on the Canadian crew.
“He’s a excellent particular person. Significant character, really hard-doing work, no-nonsense kind of dude. He performs actually hard, he performs to acquire, he cares about his teammates and he kinda retains acquiring greater,” Nurse explained. “He’s a good team player.”
Powell begun for the Mavs but performed just 14 minutes, scoring 8 points.
Tip-INS: The Raptors wore their black and gold city edition jerseys. VanVleet had on gold footwear.
UP Subsequent: Toronto hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday to cap this 3-game homestand.
This report by The Canadian Press was initial revealed Nov. 26, 2022.