The losing streak continues.
Following a tough loss in overtime to the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors dropped their third straight on Saturday, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 109-99.
Jonas Valanciunas dominated to the tune of 18 points and 21 rebounds while De'Anthony Melton came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range in the frame to put the Raptors away.
DeDAGGER. pic.twitter.com/7dqKEOkW7X- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 9, 2021
Pascal Siakam (18) and Gary Trent Jr. (18) led the Raptors in scoring, although they combined to shoot 13-for-41 from the field.
For more on the game, some takeaways at the buzzer...
1. The injury report
The Raptors were short-handed yet again.
In addition to Kyle Lowry (rest), OG Anunoby (left calf strain), Chris Boucher (left knee sprain) and Fred VanVleet (injury management) sat out this one.
Down three starters, Trent Jr., Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe got the start alongside Siakam and Khem Birch.
2. Getting fancy
Trent Jr. was Toronto's second-leading scorer in the first quarter with six points, two of which came on this slick drive to the basket:
Oh, you fancy, huh, @gtrentjr pic.twitter.com/Cbjm1luVlW- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 9, 2021
Ohhh, that's nice.
3. Ja Morant can fly
It feels like Ja Morant does something superhuman in every game at this point.
Jumpman. Jumpman. @JaMorant | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/SSYxiC0KYI- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 9, 2021
4. Big men taking over
It was a quiet game overall for Morant, but Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. stepped up in a big way for the Grizzlies.
In his third game playing against his former team, Valanciunas dominated with 18 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field and 21 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass. Valanciunas also came up with a game-high four blocks.
we got a really big team. pic.twitter.com/7fXPbwpdnI- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 9, 2021
Jackson Jr., meanwhile, finished with a game-high 20 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in his first start of the season. He was at his best in the third quarter, when he scored 11 of his 20 points to help the Grizzlies take control of the game.
LOOK ALIVE. @jarenjacksonjr | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/kFih9MdUWS- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 9, 2021
Toronto's frontline had no answer for either of them all game long.
5. Jalen Harris showing stuff
The No. 59 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Harris gave the Raptors a nice spark off the bench in this one.
Not only did he score a career-high 16 points in 29 minutes of action, he recorded six rebounds, four assists and one steal. He knocked down a couple of 3s and had a few nice drives to the basket, one of which ended with an acrobatic layup.
That's tuff, @TheJalenHarris pic.twitter.com/ZiWV5DsoOd- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 9, 2021
Harris set his previous career-high in scoring (11) in Toronto's loss to the LA Clippers earlier this week.
6. The injuries continue
Bad news for the Raptors: Siakam left the game with a left shoulder strain and did not return. Additionally, Rodney Hood suffered a fracture of the second metacarpal on his left hand and did not return.
Stick with NBA.com for updates on both of their conditions.
7. The big picture
Per TSN's Josh Lewenberg, the Raptors are now one loss or Indiana Pacers win away from being eliminated from the playoffs.
8. What's next
Only four games remain.
The Raptors are back in action on Tuesday, when they face the LA Clippers for the second and final time this season. They then hit the road for a back-to-back against the Chicago Bulls (May 13) and Dallas Mavericks (May 14) before closing the season against the Indiana Pacers (May 16) back in Tampa.
Catch you then.
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