Toronto Raptors rally together and pick up a huge win against the Denver Nuggets

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Saturday, March 12, 2022

After beating the best team in the NBA in the Phoenix Suns, the Toronto Raptors go into Denver and pick up an outstanding 127-115 victory over the Nuggets. The effort that was given by this Raptors team was arguably the best given this season. Even without Fred VanVleet in the lineup, his void was filled by a collective of players pushing them to this win. 

The Raptors started the game a bit slowly but remained with the lead for the majority of this game. Nikola Jokic made it hard to make timely plays in favour of the Nuggets. Although he played great, he was not his usual dominant self and the Raptors were great at defending him.

Scottie Barnes and Chris Boucher did their very best against Jokic and any other Nuggets player in the paint. Boucher had himself a fantastic game, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. He was critical of Toronto's ability to outrebound Denver, contributing to the Raptors' 50 rebounds compared to the Nuggets' 39 boards. It was mainly the offensive glass where the difference was made as Toronto tallied 23 offensive rebounds, while Denver only grabbed nine.

Pascal Siakam was great once again on both ends of the floor. The former All-Star finished with 33 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Scottie Barnes also had himself a game with a near triple-double finishing with 25 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds.

But the praise can't be given to a single player but more so the collective effort given by the team. The second unit that has been criticized the entire season rose to the occasion and delivered. 

Toronto now improves to 37-30 and inches closer to that highly coveted sixth seed. The Raptors will get a day's rest before taking on the disappointing Los Angeles Lakers in LA on Monday at 10:30 PM ET.