Pascal Siakam's career-high 52 points snaps the Toronto Raptors six game losing streak with a 113-106 win over the New York Knicks

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@nickeemkhan

Wednesday, December 21, 2022


The losing streak finally comes to an end and is done so in amazing fashion in the world's most famous arena—Madison Square Garden—as the Toronto Raptors defeat the New York Knicks by a score of 113-106 behind a career-night from Pascal Siakam. 

If his performance against the Philadelphia 76ers wasn't enough, Siakam came out the gates blazing and at moments single handily put Toronto in a position to win. The All-NBA forward finished with a career-high 52 points along with nine rebounds, and seven assists. Imposing his will in all facets of the basketball court.

Although he was dominant, he finally received some help from the hands of Fred VanVleet, who finished with 28 points, despite shooting just 42 percent from the field. Down the stretch, once the Knicks were collapsing and focusing their defensive attention on Siakam, VanVleet made crucial threes to give the Raptors a cushion in the clutch.

This was a very close game in all categories but the deciding factor other than Toronto having the best player on the court was their ability to turnover the Knicks. New York had 16 turnovers, compared to Toronto which had only four. Both teams grabbed 38 rebounds, however, the Knicks shot better from the field at 55 percent, while the Raptors only shot 45 percent.

New York made a great attempt to extend their eight-game win streak to nine games and that was in large part due to Julius Randle and RJ Barrett both finishing with 30 points apiece. However, Toronto did a great job at limiting Jalen Brunson who has been amazing as of late to only seven points.

The defensive effort that the Raptors put on display is reminiscent of what the team has made a staple regarding themselves. They now improve to 14-18 on the season and will look to turn this win into a new stretch of the season. The team will now focus their attention on a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at 7:30 PM ET.