The Toronto Raptors used a massive first half to set the tone as they earned a 20-point win over the Utah Jazz Sunday night.
The Raptors, winners of seven straight, advance to 15-4 on the season and are now a perfect 9-0 at Scotiabank Arena in the 2019-20 season.
Pascal Siakam's 35 points led the way for Toronto, which also enjoyed the performances of Fred VanVleet (21 points, 11 assists), Norman Powell (15 points) and Serge Ibaka (13 points), who returned to action after missing the last 10 games with an ankle injury.
Utah was led by 20 points from Mike Conley, while Donovan Mitchel scored 16 points and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
If you missed any of the action, check below for live score updates, highlights, stats and more from throughout the game…
Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz
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Final: Toronto Raptors 130, Utah Jazz 110
- Just under two minutes remain and the Raptors are going to hold on.
It was never truly in doubt but the Jazz did find a way to make things interesting.
Toronto leads 128-106 wit
- After the Jazz brought the deficit within 15, the Raptors promptly respond once again.
A 9-2 run over the last two minutes has Toronto back up by 22 points.
Timeout on the floor as the Raptors lead 118-96 with 6:34 remaining in regulation.
Pascal Siakam has 35 points, Fred VanVleet has 21 and Norman Powell is up to 13 points in the game.
Mike Conley's 20 points pace the Jazz while Jeff Green isn't too far behind with 19 points.
End of Third Quarter: Toronto Raptors 107, Utah Jazz 86
- Toronto maintains a 21-point lead, but Utah has made a big cut into the deficit.
The Jazz scored a franchise-record 47 points in the third quarter and now trail 107-86 after trailing by 40 at the half.
Mike Conley is up to 20 points to lead the Jazz while Donovan Mitchell has scored 16 and Rudy Gobert has posted a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.
For Toronto, Pascal Siakam has a game-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists while Fred VanVleet is up to 18 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
In his first game back from injury, Serge Ibaka has come alive in the third, scoring eight points in the frame.
- The Jazz are making things interesting.
Utah has now outscored Toronto 42-18 in the third to inch towards being within striking distance.
Timeout Raptors, who now lead by 16 points.
It's 95-79 with 2:40 remaining in the third.
- Utah comes out of the break on a mission, outscoring Toronto 20-9 through the first five minutes of the second half.
The deficit is still large, but the Jazz are chipping away as it is now 86-57.
Timeout on the floor with 7:15 left in the third.
Halftime: Toronto Raptors 77, Utah Jazz 37
- Halftime Stats:
- Some notes:
Toronto's 77 first-half points are two shy of a franchise-record, its 40-point advantage is the largest halftime lead in franchise history.
- You read that correctly.
The Toronto Raptors have built a 40-point halftime lead over the Utah Jazz after putting forth a dominant first-half performance.
Toronto is led by 26 points from Pascal Siakam, who is 10-for-15 from the field and 4-for-6 from 3-point range so far.
Hold that pic.twitter.com/Y8hakhloXZ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 2, 2019
Norman Powell and Marc Gasol have scored 11 points apiece while both Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis have scored nine points each.
VanVleet has also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds.
Utah is led by 10 points from reserve Jeff Green, who has been the biggest bright spot for the team.
The Jazz have committed 12 turnovers that have led to 16 points by the Raptors. To make matters worse, Utah is 13-for-27 (27.7%) from the field and 4-for-20 (20.0%) from beyond the arc.
- It's been over eight minutes of game action since the Jazz last made a field goal and the Raptors have taken full advantage.
Toronto leads 66-29 with 2:03 left in the half.
Timeout on the floor.
Pascal Siakam leads all scorers with 23 points (on 9-14 FG) while Marc Gasol has added 11 points and Terence Davis has come off the bench to score nine.
For Utah, Jeff Green leads the way with 10 points off the bench but the team is 10-for-40 (25.0%) from the field and 3-for-17 (17.6%) from deep.
- Utah has gone over six minutes without making a field goal and the Raptors have built a BIG lead.
With four minutes remaining in the second quarter, Toronto is up 63-29.
- Another run.
This time, the Raptors go on an 8-0 run to build a 25-point lead.
Quin Snyder calls for a timeout as the Jazz trail 52-27 with 7:58 remaining in the first half.
Utah has now committed nine turnovers on the game while Toronto has taken advantage and been potent on the offensive end.
The Raptors are now shooting 20-for-32 (62.5%) from the field and 7-for-11 (63.6%) from deep.
End of First Quarter: Raptors 37, Jazz 20
- One quarter is in the books and the Raptors have already built an impressive lead.
Behind 19 points from Pascal Siakam, Toronto takes a 37-20 lead into the second quarter.
🌶️ 14 points. 10 minutes. 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/HkVkoLcwIO- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 1, 2019
Marc Gasol has also been impressive early on as he has hit three triples and scored 11 points of his own early on.
While Norman Powell has scored just five points, he has three steals, part of the reason the Raptors have forced seven Jazz turnovers early on.
Utah is led by five points from both Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley. It's shooting 8-for-20 from the field and 3-for-10 from beyond the arc after one.
- Just over three minutes remain in the first quarter and the Raptors have used a 23-2 run to build an early 17-point lead.
They lead 28-11 as the first quarter winds down.
Pascal Siakam is up to a game-high 12 points while Marc Gasol has nearly doubled his season average with 11 points so far. Fred VanVleet has yet to score but has already dished out four assists and grabbed three boards.
The Jazz have already committed five turnovers and are led by five points from Mike Conley.
- The NBA's top 3-point shooting team is doing what it does best early on.
Toronto has knocked down three triples in the early going and leads 13-9 about midway through the first.
Timeout Jazz with 6:26 remaining in the frame.
Marc Gasol has knocked down two of the team's three 3-pointers and is up to eight points, surpassing his season average already.
- Game on.
Mike Conley gets the Jazz on the board first with a 3-pointer but the Raptors quickly respond as Marc Gasol sinks a triple of his own on the ensuing possession.
- Utah will go with a starting unit of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O'Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert
𝒮𝓊𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝒶𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓃𝑜𝑜𝓃 𝒽𝑜𝑜𝓅𝓈#ZionsBank | #StartingLineup pic.twitter.com/4OiRwPts4R- Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 1, 2019
- The Raptors go with their usual lineup of Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol to start
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/dJvP9dRykL- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 1, 2019
- Serge Ibaka is back in action after missing the last 10 games.
Ma Fuzzy's back. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/2eRP6FX2cB- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 1, 2019