Pelicans down Raptors, end Toronto's flawless home record

Raptors' Siakam takes East Player of the Week honours

Raptors' Siakam takes East Player of the Week honours

"It just felt like we were just not quite [there] with much pace and readiness on defence wasn't good enough". "I'll talk to you after the 69th one", he said.

Then he helped cool off the Toronto Raptors.

After starting off the season 4-0, the Pelicans lost their next six games, but have recently won two in a row to enter Monday night at 6-6. They shot 13-for-20 from the field in the final frame behind a ideal 4-for-4 shooting from Anthony Davis and 5-for-6 shooting from E'Twaun Moore to seal the tough road win in Toronto. "Once he gets hot, he gets hot".

Today, that selection by Ujiri, who is now the team president, represents one of his most sublime draft choices ever.

While the Pelicans connected on 58 per cent rate (29-for-50) of their first-half shots, Toronto was held to just 40.4 per cent (21-for-52) from the floor despite 17 points from Serge Ibaka.

"I was in a good rhythm", he said. "Any time you're in a good rhythm, feeling good, you've got to be aggressive and take it".

The ever-improving jumping jack had himself quite the run through three games, averaging an even 20 points in wins over Utah, Sacramento and NY while hitting on a blistering 72.4 per cent from the field and 98.3 from the free-throw line.

Toronto was led by 22 points by Siakam while Kawhi Leonard had 20.

Cheick Diallo's layup with 22 seconds left closed the first-quarter scoring and gave the Pelicans a 31-29 lead. Tonight, Siakam was still a bright spot on an otherwise tough showing from the Raptors. "They did everything better than us".

Toronto's only other defeat this season was a 124-109 loss at Milwaukee on October 29.

Mom, son swept out to sea on swan float
Because this could have ended so much worse and I didn't want him to know that I was that scared", she said. It was supposed to be a day like any other, one where she and her son, Brennan, would spend time together.

Many in the sellout crowd of 19,800 headed for the exits after Leonard turned the ball over with with 4:05 remaining and the Pelicans up 118-104. Let's get out of here, go home and let's get ready to bounce back because we've got a bunch of games coming at us this week.

The Pelicans finished with 72 points in the paint compared to the Raptors 42.

The Raptors had won all seven previous home games.

The Pelicans led 66-61 at halftime.

The Pelicans were without a pair of starters in point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Nikola Mirotic, both with sprained ankles. Davis had a career-high 22 rebounds against Miami on December 23, 2016. His previous high this season was 16, set against Houston on October 17. Moore reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in his career.

Raptors: Toronto missed nine of its first 10 3-point attempts. At the other end, its offence sputtered - especially from three-point range where the Raptors made just 13 of 45 attempts. OG Anunoby matched a season high with 17 points. F C.J. Miles left in the second quarter because of a strained right adductor and did not return. The Grizzlies lost at home to Utah on Monday.

The Raptors came into the game riding a six-game winning streak and boasting the league's best record.

This was the fifth 20-point, 20-rebound game of Davis' career.

The nine-game National Basketball Association slate on Monday night is highlighted by a number of intriguing matchups, including the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Toronto Raptors.

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