Trent scores 35 points, Raptors beat short-handed Suns

TORONTO (AP) – Gary Trent Jr. matched his season highs with 35 points, Pascal Siakam had 26 and the Toronto Raptors swept game five with a 113-104 win over the short-handed and sloppy Phoenix Suns on Friday Broke the streak of home defeat. Night.

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Scottie Barnes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter, and rookie center Christian Cololo helped the Raptors win for the third time in 11 games with his first career 3. Ozzie Anunobi scored 16 points and Barnes finished with 11.

Siam has scored at least 25 points in seven consecutive games. Vince Carter did it a franchise-record eight straight in February and March of 2001.


Trent went 11 for 22, making 4 of 11 from 3-point range.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, “Gary was just running it.”

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Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, but had six of the Suns’ season-worst 27 turnovers, allowing 34 points for the Raptors.

Paul said, “I don’t know how many games I’ve played with 27 turnovers.” “It’s too much. It started with me.

Barnes missed three attempts from distance before ending the 101-all tie with a stepback 3. Koloko’s corner shot was his first from long range in eight career attempts.

Suns coach Montey Williams said, “It shouldn’t even come lower than that.” “If you take care of the ball, you probably have a six or seven point lead.”

Mikal Bridges scored 21 points and Torrey Craig added 13 as Phoenix lost for the fifth time in its last six.

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Deandre Ayton went 2 for 10 and scored four points.

Williams said, “He just didn’t finish around the basket, didn’t play with the expected force that’s required to play against a team like that.” “Even when he thought he was open, he had two or three guys behind him. It was definitely an off-night for him. He would bounce back.

Ayton agreed that Toronto’s defense had troubled him.

“Whether it was rebounds, setting screens, posting, they were everywhere,” said Ayton.

The Suns played their third straight game without All-Star guard Devin Booker, who is expected to miss at least four weeks due to a left groin strain.

Booker missed five of seven games due to hamstring and groin ailments before returning against Denver on Christmas Day. He stayed for just four minutes before leaving. The Suns are also without Cam Johnson (right knee), Cameron Payne (right foot) and Landry Schmett (right Achilles).

Toronto guard Fred VanVleet missed the second game in a row due to lower back pain.

The Raptors led 33–24 after one quarter and were up 53–51 at the half.

Trent scored with 9:32 left in the third quarter after Craig stole an errant pass. It was the Phoenix’s 19th turnover, its worst single-game total since its previous season.

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Suns guard Josh Okogie turned the ball over again 23 seconds later, giving Siakam a 3-run lead.

After scoring 10 points off 15 Phoenix turnovers in the first half, Toronto scored 15 points off seven Suns turnovers in the third quarter.

Trent scored 18 points in the third, and the Raptors took an 86–79 lead in the fourth.


Suns: Had nine turnovers in the first quarter. … Jock Landley had 11 rebounds. … Duane Washington Jr. scored 11 points. … Outbound Toronto 42-31.

Raptors: Went 5-10 in December. … Trent went 9 for 9 at the free throw line.

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Toronto recorded 15 steals, one shy of its season-high. Thad Young led the Raptors with four, while Barnes and Trent each had three.


The Sun: Sunday in New York.

Raptors: Monday night at Indiana.



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