The Toronto Raptors start their Western Conference road trip with a loss.
Despite Pascal Siakam going off for a season-high 32 points, the Raptors fell to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, losing by a final score of 123-115.
Devin Booker led the way for the Suns with 24 points. Jae Crowder wasn't far behind with 21 points while Cameron Payne came up with 10 assists off the bench.
For more on the game, here are quarter-by-quarter updates.
Final score: Phoenix Suns 123, Toronto Raptors 115
11:28 p.m. - Close, but no cigar. The Raptors fall to 1-6 while the Suns improve to 6-2. This at least feels like a step in the right direction for the Raptors. We should find out more on this road trip.
11:24 p.m. - Not ideal:
Kyle Lowry has more rebounds than Baynes, Len and Boucher combined.- Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) January 7, 2021
11:21 p.m. - Just when you think it's over...
Pascal Siakam comes up with a steal, leading to a 3-pointer for Kyle Lowry, who is now up to 24 points in the game. Suns lead 119-113 with 1:04 to go.
11:17 p.m. - Rough timing for Kyle Lowry to pick up a technical. The Raptors made it a six-point with a putback dunk, but the Suns get three free throws - two for Mikal Bridges being fouled on a shot attempt, one for Devin Booker for Lowry getting a technical. Suns back up by nine.
11:13 p.m. - Kyle Lowry finds OG Anunoby for a dunk, cutting Phoenix's lead to eight points with 3:29 to go. The Raptors continue to chip away.
11:08 p.m. - The Raptors are going small with OG Anunoby at centre to close the game. Let's see how the Suns handle it.
11:05 p.m. - The Raptors aren't done just yet. Norman Powell makes a 3-pointer off of a nice pass from Pascal Siakam to cut Phoenix's lead to 11 with 6:11 to go. Do the Raptors have one more run in them?
11:03 p.m. - A positive for the Raptors: Pascal Siakam scores his 30th point of the game on a free throw. It's his first 30-point game since March 3.
11:00 p.m. - Kyle Lowry fouls Deandre Ayton on a layup, resulting in a three-point play. He now has a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Ayton's free throw puts the Suns up 114-99 with 7:02 to go.
10:57 p.m. - Cameron Payne isn't the only player off of the bench who has played well for the Suns. Phoenix's second unit has scored 44 points compared to only 22 for Toronto's reserves. Cameron Johnson (16) and Dario Saric (15) have outscored Toronto's bench by themselves.
pic.twitter.com/qaUJ7YGCmH- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 7, 2021
10:53 p.m. - Cameron Payne is having another nice game off the bench for the Suns. He's scored only five points, but he's tied his career high with 10 assists in only 16 minutes of play.
10:50 p.m. - The Suns won't miss. They're 3-for-3 from deep to start the fourth quarter and now lead by 15 points.
10:48 p.m. - Dario Saric gets fouled on a layup and gives the Suns a 12-point lead, their largest of the game. Crucial minutes coming up for the Raptors.
End of third quarter: Phoenix Suns 96, Toronto Raptors 87
10:43 p.m. - Pascal Siakam continued his strong play in the third quarter with 10 more points, bringing his total to 29 for the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome some hot shooting from the Suns, who went 8-for-10 from 3-point range.
Devin Booker led the charge with 15 points in the frame. Figured it was only a matter of time until he joined the party.
The Raptors are going to need to come out strong in the fourth quarter to stay in this game.
10:38 p.m. - Chris Paul doing Chris Paul things:
THIS ON REPEAT ALL SZN PLS pic.twitter.com/wVFGfDcf9a- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 7, 2021
10:34 p.m. - One thing that's jumped out about Pascal Siakam tonight is that he's been much more aggressive about attacking mismatches. He's driving with a lot of confidence, it seems.
10:25 p.m. - Good response by the Raptors, going on an 8-0 run to make it a one possession game again, fueled by back-to-back 3s from OG Anunoby.
10:20 p.m. - Pascal Siakam keeps it rolling with a couple of baskets to open the third quarter, but so does Jae Crowder, who is now up to 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Two 3s from Crowder and one from Devin Booker stretches Phoenix's lead to 67-60 with 9:28 to go in the third. Timeout Raptors.
End of second quarter: Phoenix Suns 58, Toronto Raptors 54
10:03 p.m. - We have ourselves a close one at the half.
Pascal Siakam is putting together his best game of the season yet with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field through two quarters of play. Kyle Lowry has been solid with 12 points and seven rebounds, as has Fred VanVleet with 11 points.
Everybody else on the Raptors has ... 12 points on 3-for-13 shooting from the field. Still room for improvement.
Jae Crowder and Cameron Johnson are leading the way for the Suns with 15 points and 13 points, respectively.
A scary sign for the Raptors: Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have combined for only 20 points at the half. Don't be surprised if one of them gets going in the second half.
9:51 p.m. - Pascal Siakam is back in the game and he's still got the hot hand. He's scored six of Toronto's last eight points, bringing his total to 17 in the first half.
Raptors lead 49-46 with 2:45 remaining in the half.
9:49 p.m. - Some history! Kyle Lowry has passed DeMar DeRozan for fifth on Toronto's all-time rebounds list, per Raptors PR.
9:46 p.m. - Kyle Lowry is up to 12 points in the second quarter ... and there's still 6:04 remaining in the frame. He's doing all he can to prevent the Raptors from going on another cold spell.
9:40 p.m. - Now it's Kyle Lowry's turn. Following a scoreless first quarter, Lowry scores seven quick points to open the second, helping the Raptors regain the lead. Timeout Suns.
End of first quarter: Toronto Raptors 25, Phoenix Suns 22
9:34 p.m. - The Raptors lead by three after 12 minutes of play. The first quarter was the Pascal Siakam show, with him scoring 11 of Toronto's 25 points. Jae Crowder is Phoenix's leading scorer with five points, but he's one of seven players on the Suns who have scored.
9:26 p.m. - Interesting ... Norman Powell, Chris Boucher and Yuta Watanabe are the first substitutions of the game for the Raptors. Watanabe makes an immediate impact by knocking down a 3.
9:22 p.m. - Something to watch this game: Deandre Ayton guarding Toronto's guards on switches. Ayton's offence gets most of the attention, but he's developed into a pretty versatile defender. He's already come up with a couple of stops against Fred VanVleet.
9:21 p.m. - Pascal Siakam scores again, this time on a post-up against Jae Crowder. This is perhaps his best start to a game yet this season.
9:15 p.m. - Strong start so far for Pascal Siakam, who has scored all seven of Toronto's points. He's made a couple of free throws, a corner 3 and a smooth midrange pull-up.
9:12 p.m. - Pascal Siakam gets the Raptors on the board, draining a pair of free throws after getting fouled on a putback attempt.
8:56 p.m. - The Raptors and Suns locked arms for both the Canadian and U.S. national anthems before the game, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
United pic.twitter.com/VajVSDiK0L- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 7, 2021
Unity pic.twitter.com/NFbX3BnX4g- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 7, 2021
8:41 p.m. - The Suns will start Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton.
8:35 p.m. - Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Aron Baynes get the start for the Raptors.
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