The losing streak is over.
Behind a big night from Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors cruised to a 130-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors to open the month of April with an extremely dominant win. After Siakam, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby and Malachi Flynn also turned in big scoring nights.
Toronto took advantage of a shorthanded Golden State team that was without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and, of course, Klay Thompson, who is out for the season.
Here are some takes from the buzzer
1. A historic margin of victory
Tonight marks the largest margin of victory in Raptors franchise history.
Here's an updated look at the history books:
- April 2, 2021 - Toronto Raptors 130, Golden State Warriors 77
- Feb. 23, 2020 - Toronto Raptors 127, Indiana Pacers 81
- Dec. 3, 2016 - Toronto Raptors 128, Atlanta Hawks 84
2. Happy Birthday, P!
Talk about a way to bring in 27.
On his birthday, Pascal Siakam opened the game with 10 points in the first quarter before finishing the first half with 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting, including a mid-range jumper at the halftime buzzer to put the Raptors up 20.
🚨 COUNT IT pic.twitter.com/ifonxCdQe8- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 3, 2021
Siakam only needed three quarters in this one and he checked out for the night with 36 points (on 14-for-24 shooting), seven rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.
Birthday BUCKETS pic.twitter.com/T9Oxp8Ob4V- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 3, 2021
Definitely a birthday to remember.
3. OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr., models of efficiency
As two of the youngest members of the roster, much of the Raptors' future plans include Anunoby and Trent.
If tonight was a preview of things to come, fans should be very excited.
Anunoby continues to showcase the growth in his game as he finished with 21 points (on 8-for-12 shooting), three rebounds and two assists in just 26 minutes.
School's in session pic.twitter.com/9im4FGMSVV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 2, 2021
As for Trent, he picked up right where he left off on Wednesday, scoring 24 points (on 8-for-14 shooting and 6-for-9 shooting from deep) to go along with five rebounds in just under 30 minutes of action. He was also a team-high plus-54 (!) in the box score.
Q3 Scoring- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 3, 2021
Them: 7 pic.twitter.com/mlnseAE4WD
A combined 45 points on 16-for-26 shooting is pretty good, I'd say.
4. Chris Boucher gets the start
For the fourth time this season, Boucher was inserted into the starting lineup.
He did a little bit of everything in his time on the floor, finishing the game with 10 points, six rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two steals.
Toronto moves to 3-1 with Boucher in the starting unit.
5. Shorthanded Warriors
In the hours leading up to the game, it was announced that Curry would not play on the second night of a back-to-back due to a lingering tailbone issue.
In the moments leading up to the game, Green was a late scratch from the starting lineup and later, it was announced that he would be out due to a sprained finger.
Without Green and Curry, the Warriors' offence sputtered and the Raptors took full advantage, doing something it failed to do earlier in the week against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
6. Fred VanVleet's night ends early
As the team walked to the locker room at the game's end, VanVleet was spotted in the tunnel congratulating his team in street clothes.
After 19 minutes of action, VanVleet exited the game with a strained right hip flexor and did not return.
With Kyle Lowry out due to a foot infection, VanVleet's injury thins the Raptors backcourt, which could mean more playing time for rookie guard Malachi Flynn and DeAndre' Bembry, who returned to the lineup on Friday.
7. Career-high for Malachi
Speaking of Flynn, the 22-year-old saw 30 minutes of action in this one and made the most of every minute.
He finished the night with a career-best 16 points (on 7-for-12 shooting) to go along with five assists and five rebounds. It's clear that the game is beginning to slow down for the rookie and the timing couldn't be much better as he is sure to step into a larger role soon.
8. Earned, not given
An ode to the early 2000s squads, the Raptors debuted their "Earned Edition" uniforms, bringing back the purple, with a heavy chevron theme and heavy black accents.
Inspired by the OGs. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/FX7IpRNm9D- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 2, 2021
They couldn't have had much of a better debut in the new digs.
9. What's next?
After two days off, the Raptors continue their four-game homestand on Monday as they host the Washington Wizards.
See you then.
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