Toronto Raptors pick up much-needed road win against the Sacramento Kings

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Coming off a big win over the New York Knicks, the Toronto Raptors go into Sacramento and pick up a massive win over the Kings to a score of 113-95. Sacramento has been riding an incredible year thus far being one of the top three teams in the West for most of this season. This victory is a testament to the skill and talent that this Raptors team possess when they play to their potential.

The lead changed back and forth throughout the first half but for the remaining three quarters, it was all Toronto. It was a defensive masterclass reminiscent of how this Raptors team played last season.

Sacramento being one of the best offensive teams in the NBA, was never able to get into the rhythm they wanted. Toronto forced 19 turnovers while stacking up the steals with 12 as a team. A quarter of the team's steals came from the Raptors' floor general, Fred VanVleet, who finished with 17 points, five assists, four rebounds, four steals, and two blocks.

Pascal Siakam led the way offensively with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists doing everything on the court, even picking up two steals. Although Siakam was great, Toronto's bench has finally received that spark that it lacked the entire season. Precious Achiwua had another great performance with 19 points and five rebounds on 75 percent shooting from the field.

It was an overall great game by the Raptors even holding the two Kings' stars, De'Aaron Fox (16 points) and Domantis Sabonis (nine points and eight rebounds) to subpar performances.

Albeit Toronto played a great game, they have done this before and proceeded to fail to capture the momentum that they once had. This stretch of the season will be important if they have any hopes of becoming a playoff team by May. 

Their next game is against the Golden State Warriors who embarrassed them without Stephen Curry in their last matchup. It will be a game of revenge on Friday at 10 PM ET.