TORONTO — Kyrie Irving scored 29 points in her third game back from suspension, and the Brooklyn Nets won 112-98 over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points to lead the Raptors (9-9), which lacked both Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes, and half a dozen others. OG Anunoby finished with 15 points, while Thaddeus Young and Chris Boucher each got 12, Jeff Dowtin Jr. and Juancho Hernangomez each got 10 points.
Nic Claxton added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Brooklyn (9-10).
Injuries and illnesses continue to mount for Toronto. News that VanVleet was out with a non-COVID illness caught reporters by surprise before it started on Wednesday. Barnes (knee sprain) and Dalano Banton (ankle sprain) were sidelined.
Also absent are all-star forwards Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa and Otto Porter Jr., who are all convalescing, leaving the Raptors with just nine players compared to Brooklyn.
The besieged Raptors played well in the first half, taking a one-point lead at halftime, but ran out of gas against a prolific Nets team.
The Nets had a 91-76 lead at the start of the fourth inning, and when Irving’s 26-footer dropped 4:42 to play, Brooklyn took a 20 lead and hundreds of fans pulled the zippers. their coats and head towards the exit.
Irving was booed during the team rollout. The embattled guard was given an eight-match ban for posting a link to a documentary with anti-Semitic content.
The Nets took an early 12-point lead after a Durant cut, and extended it to 15 points by Edmond Sumner’s reverse run with 47 seconds left in the first half. The Nets took a 38-26 lead to start the second half.
Toronto opened the second half 13-0, taking a one-point lead when Thaddeus Young scored after a save from Trent’s missed jump. The Nets took a seven-point lead before the Raptors closed the first half 6-0, marked by Anunoby’s superb dribble over Kevin Durant. Brooklyn leads 52-51 after halftime break.
The Nets extended their advantage to 17 points after Claxton’s hit in the middle of the third quarter.
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The Toronto Argonauts received a standing ovation as they stepped out onto center court with the Gray Cup. Argos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23 in a thrilling 109th Gray Cup match on Sunday. The Canadian women’s basketball team also participated in the match.
Drake turned a few heads while sitting by the court in a cream fur coat with two teddy bears sewn up the front. Longtime broadcaster Jack Armstrong wore a jacket during one part of the game, which certainly made viewers chuckle.
The Raptors host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 23, 2022.
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