DeRozan scores 25, leads Raptors over Pelicans 125-116
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 16, 2017 12:39 PM
DeMar DeRozan NBA file photo
By Les East, Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors kept hitting three's to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
The Raptors shot 16-for-34 on three-pointers, with C.J. Miles going 5-for-9.
Kyle Lowry had 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 and Miles 17 for Toronto. Serge Ibaka added 12 points and Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each had 10.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points for the Pelicans and Anthony Davis had 19.
New Orleans had a 64-42 scoring advantage in the paint, but couldn’t match Toronto’s outside shooting. The Raptors shot 59 percent overall and won for the fourth time in five games.
The Pelicans lost for the second time in their last seven games.
Toronto turned a one-point halftime edge into a 98-86 lead after three quarters, boosted by DeRozan’s 11 points.
Lowry scored on an offensive rebound and Miles made a three-pointer as Toronto built the lead to 110-93 early in the fourth quarter.
The Pelicans led by as many as 14 points in the first quarter. Siakam scored 10 points, all on layups, as Toronto took a 45-42 lead early in the second quarter.
Jrue Holiday scored eight points as New Orleans regained the lead before Lowry made a three-pointer that gave the Raptors a 64-63 halftime lead.
Raptors: The Raptors were playing the back end of their first set of back-to-back games this season, having won at Houston on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). ... The Raptors defeated the Pelicans 122-118 last Thursday in Toronto. ... G Norman Powell missed his second consecutive game because of a hip pointer. ... Toronto made all 14 of its free throws.
Pelicans: G Rajon Rondo made his first start of the season. He returned from preseason surgery to repair a core muscle injury to make his debut against Atlanta on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), coming off the bench to play five minutes. He scored four points vs. the Raptors. ... G/F Tony Allen missed his third consecutive game because of knee soreness. ... New Orleans shot 50.5 percent from the floor, its franchise-record fifth consecutive game of shooting better than 50 percent. ... Cousins and Davis both committed two fouls in the first quarter and finished with five each. ... New Orleans made 19-of-20 free throws.
Raptors: Home vs. New York on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Pelicans: At Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).