Road woes continue for Grizzlies, losing in Toronto
TORONTO – Delon Wright scored 15 points, DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet each scored 13 and the Toronto Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis 101-86 on Sunday, their fifth straight home win over the slumping Grizzlies.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 and Pascal Siakam 10 as the Raptors improved to 21-4 at home, the best record in the NBA.
Toronto is 14-4 when VanVleet scores 10 or more points. He matched his career high with seven rebounds and had eight assists.
Marc Gasol scored 20 points and Andrew Harrison had 16 for the Grizzlies, who have lost six straight road games.
Dillon Brooks scored 12 points and JaMychal Green had 11 as Memphis lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Leading 76-74 to begin the fourth quarter, the Raptors got 3-pointers from C.J. Miles and Wright to open with a 12-4 run, taking an 88-78 lead with 7:30 left.
The Raptors shot 3 for 26 from 3-point range through the first three quarters but went 3 for 9 from long range in the fourth. Toronto finished 6 for 35, its lowest percentage from 3-point range this season (17.1 percent).
Gasol scored nine points in the first quarter, but DeRozan’s buzzer-beating jump shot gave Toronto a 25-24 lead after one.
Lowry and Wright each scored six points in the second as Toronto widened its advantage, taking a 56-44 lead at halftime.
Memphis rallied in the third, taking a 68-66 lead, its first lead since the opening quarter, on James Ennis’ dunk with 3:31 left.