Toronto Raptors go into San Antonio and thrash the Spurs for a massive 143-100 win
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Thursday, November 3, 2022
If beating the Atlanta Hawks by 30 points wasn't enough, the Toronto Raptors dismantled the San Antonio Spurs, coming away with a 143-100 win. The Spurs were undermanned without Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, however, that didn't matter for Toronto as they went and took care of business in an emphatic fashion.
The first half was relatively close between the two teams. San Antonio was keeping themselves in it and Toronto couldn't really break open the game. OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes looked great in those first 24 minutes, which carried over to the second half.
Anunoby was everywhere on the defensive end. It felt like every time OG had the ball it was from an interception in the passing lanes. He finished with five steals for the second straight game becoming the first player in franchise history to reach that feat.
Barnes started at point guard once again and after starting the season slowly, he has really come into his own. His feel for the game is even more excellent than it was last season and when he's being aggressive he shows the potential to be one of the best players in this league.
The vision that Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster had with the construction of this roster had to be with thoughts of games like this. The length of this team restricted the Spurs from doing anything they wanted to. Toronto currently leads the NBA with 10.8 steals per game and also in total steals with 86. It got to the point where the Raptors were just running in transition from steals and sloppy execution from the Spurs who committed 23 turnovers.
The defence was a major factor as to why the Raptors won this game but a large part has to go to Pascal Siakam. The superstar forward finished with his second triple-double of the season with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. His evolution this season continues to grow and his comfort on the court is at the best we've ever seen.
Gary Trent Jr. added 22 points along with Chris Boucher who was marvellous off the bench with 17 points. In totality, this was a masterclass performance from the Toronto Raptors. They improve to 5-3 on the season and will now shift their focus to a tougher Dallas Mavericks team.