Toronto Raptors on song against Utah Jazz

Toronto Raptors on song against Utah Jazz

"And my experience, unfortunately, most of the time that the player like Kawhi sits out, that team ends up winning or at least goes on a hell of a run".

The stalwarts of the Toronto Raptors' season thus far stepped up once again as the team cruised to a 124-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

He has made 27 of his past 29 attempts from the field over three games, which included the final four shots in Phoenix. VanVleet and Anunoby, who have missed a combined seven games already this season, both started to find a groove offensively: their 17 points each were season highs.

"The guy is hot", Lowry said of Ibaka but he could have said it about a half-dozen Raptors. According to ESPN, the Raptors win probability was at 98-percent as early as the first quarter. The scoring is shared nicely on the Kings who had a different top scorer in each of those four games out East. Buddy Hield leads the club in scoring with 19.7 points per game followed closely by De'Arron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nemanja Bjelica.

In those two seasons that saw the Raptors only lose to the Kings, it was a Dwane Casey-coached bunch that had a tendency to play down to the level of its competition.

"The little things that made us so good previous year - we haven't really done any of them to this point", Joe Ingles said.

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Kittle led all receivers with four catches for 108 yards, while Mostert was the game's top rusher with 86 yards on seven carries. Dekoda Watson had 1 1/2 sacks in his first game of the season after getting activated from IR earlier in the day.

The Raptors (9-1) are averaging 116.7 points per game through their first 10 games.

Toronto opened a stunning 31-point lead in the first quarter and didn't let it dwindle significantly until the final minutes, when the Lakers' youngster got the margin down to 117-107 with LeBron James on the bench.

Australian Aron Baynes recorded two points, two rebounds and an assist from 11 minutes of court time for Boston. He finished with 25 points.

The Kings, now 5-4, haven't had a home game since beating Washington 116-112 on October 26. Pitino, who coached Mitchell at Louisville, was accompanied by Utah Valley University coach Mark Pope who was on his 1996 Kentucky NCAA Championship team.

Fast-forward to now, however, and we see a Kings team that boasts a 6-4 record, buoyed by a five-game win streak that only just got snapped Sunday by the 8-2 Milwaukee Bucks. He returned to practice Tuesday and is likely to suit up against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lowry, after multiple spirited conversations with the officials, got a technical late in the third quarter. The Raptors can't afford to ignore these two Wednesday night.