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Pascal Siakam matches career-high 44 points to lead Toronto Raptors over New Orleans Pelicans

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The Toronto Raptors began their five-game West Coast road trip with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pascal Siakam tied a career-high with 44 points in a double-double with 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors to victory. OG Anunoby was also stellar in this contest, going for 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Pelicans made a late push in the fourth quarter as Toronto's depth waivered with Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Serge Ibaka (ankle) missing the entire second half, but Siakam stepped up down the stretch to assure his team would start the road trip with a win.

For live updates, highlights, stats and more from tonight's game, we have you covered below.

Final: Toronto Raptors 122, New Orleans Pelicans 104

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The Pelicans made things close toward the end but couldn't overcome a monster performance from Pascal Siakam.

The 25-year-old forward matched his career-high, scoring 44 points shooting 17-for-28 (60.7%) from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc to go with 10 rebounds and four assists. He had a lot of help from OG Anunoby, who finished with 21 points - one point shy of tying his career-high. Anunoby also contributed seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block, doing a little bit of everything for the Raptors.

For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram's 27 points and seven rebounds led the way while Jrue Holiday had 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Canadian Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench, providing a spark that cut things close in the fourth quarter.

Pascal Siakam has now tied his career-high with 44 points following three straight finishes at the rim. The Raptors are going to close this one out despite a late push from New Orleans.

OG Anunoby is here to save the day for the Raptors. Back-to-back 3-pointers has Anunoby up to 21 points, regaining control of the game for Toronto as they lead 111-98 with four minutes to go.

And all of a sudden, the Pelicans second unit has cut the Raptors lead to just 12 points at 100-88 with just over eight minutes remaining. Canadian Nickeil Alexander-Walker checked into the game and scored nine quick points for New Orleans to scare Toronto a bit.

End of third quarter: Raptors 97, Pelicans 75

Toronto maintained their 22-point halftime lead through the third quarter. They're holding the Pelicans to shooting percentages of 37.8% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc and outscoring them 35-9 on fast break points.

The Raptors have sustained their lead without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, up 94-75 with 1:20 remaining in the quarter. Pascal Siakam continues to roll with 34 points, seven rebounds and three assists. OG Anunoby has stepped up filling the box score with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Quick update after the half. Both Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Serge Ibaka (ankle) will not return. Whether it's due to the score or the severity of the injury has not been specified. Norman Powell is starting in Lowry's place to start the second half.

Halftime: Raptors 75, Pelicans 50

The Raptors dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Pelicans 45-20. This was the second-highest scoring quarter in Raptors history!

Pascal Siakam had everything going in the first half, scoring 26 points shooting 9-for-16 (52.9%) from the field while tying his career-high for 3s in a game with five. Norman Powell is amidst a breakout performance with 15 points, playing a huge role in Toronto's second quarter push.

For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram has 20 points and Jrue Holiday has 14 points and five assists but no other player has made much of an impact. They're shooting 37.5% from the field and 19.0% from 3-point range, struggling to get anything to fall.

Something worth noting: Serge Ibaka went down with an ankle injury and hobbled to the locker room before the end of the half. Updates to follow.

And it's an 11-3 run following the Raptors timeout! They extend their lead to 63-41 after back-to-back 3s by Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet. Toronto is shooting 11-for-19 (57.9%) from 3-point range and has 28 fast break points. For reference, the Pelicans are shooting 4-for-18 (22.2%) from beyond the arc with just nine fast break points.

Toronto continues to roll leading 52-38, making it a 22-8 run through the first half of the second quarter. Norman Powell has 10 points in the frame to get the Raptors going. Kyle Lowry is now up to six points and five assists, leading the break over and over again for Toronto. Serge Ibaka providing great minutes off the bench with eight points and six rebounds - helping take away the Pelicans' advantage on the boards.

Chris Boucher also had this thunderous putback on a hustle play trailing the fast break.

A positive Kyle Lowry updated: it is an issue with the nail on his left thumb - not the thumb itself.

It's an 11-0 run for the Raptors to start the second quarter! They're turning defence into offence in a hurry as Serge Ibaka came up with a block leading to Kyle Lowry pushing the pace, finding Norman Powell for a 3-pointer in transition to force the Pelicans to take a timeout!

End of first quarter: Raptors 30, Pelicans 30

We're all tied up after the first quarter. Kyle Lowry returned to action at the end of the frame - his thumb appears to be okay.

Pascal Siakam leads the way for Toronto with 16 points while OG Anunoby's eight points adds some offensive support. The Pelicans got valuable minutes off the bench from Derrick Favors who has four points and four rebounds with three of those boards coming on the offensive end. New Orleans is out-rebounding the Raptors by six after one quarter.

Something worth noting: Kyle Lowry went to the bench holding his surgically repaired left thumb. It was his normal time in the rotation to head to the bench, so it is unclear if it is related to his thumb. Updates to follow.

A little bit of foul trouble here - Marc Gasol heads to the bench with two fouls in the first quarter while Brandon Ingram stayed in the game after picking up his second personal. Ingram has it going again with eight points, two rebounds and one assist as the Raptors and Pelicans are tied at 23 with 3:18 remaining in the frame.

Pascal Siakam is going off early in this one. He's up to 13 points shooting 5-for-6 from the field to give the Raptors a 16-10 lead with 7:10 left in the quarter.

Pregame

The Pelicans will start Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Nicolo Melli and Jahlil Okafor.

Same starters as usual for the Raptors - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.

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