Raptors use 4th quarter surge to beat Grizzlies 116-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2017 11:56 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 15, 2017 during Game One of Round One of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Serge Ibaka matched his season high with 21 and the Toronto Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-107 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Kyle Lowry added 16 points and eight assists, and Fred VanVleet had 12 points to help the Raptors win their fifth straight.
Tyreke Evans led the Grizzlies with 27 points, Marc Gasol had 20, and Chandler Parsons 15. Memphis lost for the 13th time in its last 14.
The Raptors outscored Memphis 24-14 in the fourth after the Grizzlies took a 93-92 lead into the quarter. The Grizzlies committed five of their 17 turnovers on the night in the fourth, helping Toronto with the closing rally.
Memphis relied on accurate shooting early, including outside the arc, to build a 17-point lead in the first half. The Grizzlies were connecting at a 56 percent clip by halftime, including hitting 6-of-13 from outside the arc.
But the Raptors were benefitting from the three-point shooting of Ibaka, who missed only one of his five shots from distance in the first half. That gave him 18 at the break.
Still, Memphis managed to hold on to a 62-57 lead at intermission.
Raptors: Have scored at least 100 points in 11 straight games. ... C.J. Miles missed all four of his shots from outside the arc, ending his string of 11 straight games with a three-pointer. ... Ibaka has at least one block in the last 12 games. ...Toronto has won seven of the last eight in the series.
Grizzlies: Memphis announced Friday (Saturday, PHL time) that the team has hired Greg Buckner as an assistant coach. Buckner, who finished his 10-year NBA career in 2009 with the Grizzlies, fills the vacant spot on the staff that resulted from interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff taking over for David Fizdale, who was fired Nov. 27 (Nov. 28, PHL time). ... The Raptors are one of only two NBA teams over which the Grizzlies have an all-time, better-then-.500 record. The Washington Wizards are the other. ... Memphis is 0-8 against the Eastern Conference.
Raptors: Continue a four-game trip, traveling to Sacramento to face the Kings on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Enjoy a home back-to-back, facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).