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    Raptors bench Pascal Siakam as disciplinary measure, still rip Knicks

    Jan 1, 2021
    Fred VanVleet tries to get around Elfrid Payton.

    TAMPA, Fla. — Fred VanVleet scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors, playing without star forward Pascal Siakam, earned their first victory this season by beating the New York Knicks 100-83 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    New York's bid for a three-game win streak was ruined by 3-for-36 shooting from 3-point range.

    Siakam, who left the court promptly in frustration Tuesday night after fouling out of a game at Philadelphia, was on the Toronto bench but not in uniform. Norman Powell started at small forward and finished with 17 points after making three of Toronto's first four baskets.

    Kyle Lowry had 20 points for the Raptors (1-3).

    Yuta Watanabe tries to drive around Kevin Knox II.Yuta Watanabe tries to drive around Kevin Knox II.

    Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks (2-3). Reggie Bullock and RJ Barrett combined to go 0 for 17 from behind the arc.

    The Knicks fell behind by as many as 11 points early in the game and were were shooting only 29% (11 for 38) midway through the second quarter. But Randle scored eight straight points and put New York ahead for the first time with a three-point play with 1:29 left in the first half.


    Mitchell Robinson's layup early in the second half put the Knicks up 52-45, their biggest lead of the game. But Alex Len made three of Toronto's six 3-pointers in the third quarter, shooting the Raptors back into a seven-point lead by the end of the period.

    The Knicks shot 36% overall.



    Knicks: New York's last three-game win streak was Feb. 1-8, when it won four in a row a month before the season shut down. ... The Knicks' last road win against the Raptors was Nov. 10, 2015. ... The Knicks went 13-24 during the calendar year of 2020.

    Raptors: The Raptors started 0-3 for only the second time in franchise history. ... The Raptors have won nine straight and 17 of their last 18 against the Knicks. ... The Raptors finished 31-11 in regular-season games in 2020.


    Knicks: Play the third game of a four-game road trip at Indiana on Saturday.

    Raptors: Play at New Orleans on Saturday in a rematch of the Pelicans' 113-99 victory in the season opener.

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